The Knoxville Education Association, the teachers' union, initial proposal for their new contract calls for a 5 percent raise and no change in health care coverage. KEA President Marty Duffy presented the proposal to the Knoxville School Board last night. Duffy said the union does not know the increase it will face in its health care costs and are trying to be prepared.
The board accepted the proposal without any further comment than to thank Duffy. Following last night's meeting, the board held a private negotiations strategy session.
In other school board business, Save Our Stadium founders Pennie Sommar and Connie Husted gave a brief update on what the organization hopes to do this summer. Much of what SOS will do this year is dependent upon funding. Read a full report on the status of the SOS in the Jan. 28 Journal-Express.
The board discussed the Apple 1:1 initiative once again. This is the program through which staff and a group of students would each be provided a laptop. Cost would be $450 per computer. Superintendent Randy Flack is expecting bids for some energy saving projects in February. After that, Flack intends to look at anticipated sales tax revenues to formulate a way to pay for the program and begin funding for a new auditorium.
Look for a full report on the school board in the Jan. 28 Journal-Express.