By Richard Bammer
Ben Ernest, president of the 170-member DTA, will present the union’s proposal to the five-member governing board.
In the first paragraph of his written statement, Ernest, the union’s former chief negotiator, noted that “salary issues are not nearly as urgent as they were at this time last year,” but they remain a concern.
He will remind the board that it is important to offer fair salaries that are competitive with surrounding similar districts. Any salary talks, which he expects to get underway in the spring, should also include school psychologists, counselors, speech therapists and occupational therapists, he said in his prepared statement, the text of which was included in the agenda document.