Coeur d'Alene Teachers Agree to Cut Salaries
COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho. - A deal to cut teachers salaries has been agreed on between the Coeur d'Alene Education Association and the school board.
The new contract will cut teacher's salaries by 3.2 percent by furloughing six paid work days next school year.
"To my knowledge this is the first time we've ever had to reduce teacher's salaries," said Hazel Bauman, Coeur d'Alene Schools Superintendent.
The cuts are expected to fill $1.2 million of the districts $4.8 million budget deficit. The remaining deficit will be filled by taking about $2 million from the rainy day fund, and the rest will come from cutting certain programs and eliminating administrative positions through attrition.
"One of the rules or caveats that we entered into negotiations was that we wanted to save jobs," said Bauman
Teachers will have to tighten their budgets with the smaller paychecks. One teacher says she is just happy that neither she nor her art class were put on the chopping block.
"I feel very blessed that we have jobs," said Pamela Asher, Lake City High School teacher. "We were able to work closely with the district and the union and come to an agreement where we're still all here for the kids."
*This web story was filed by Mike Perry
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