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Story by Mark Fagan courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

Eudora teachers would get pay raises for this school year based on their education and years of service, under contract settlement reached by negotiators this week.

The proposed agreement awaits approval by members of the Eudora Education Association and the Eudora school board, decisions likely to be made by mid-October.

The pact also would boost the district’s contribution for employee health insurance by $20 a month.

“I am very pleased that we were able to settle on a contract that provides fair compensation for our teachers and helps to address the ever-rising cost of health insurance,” Superintendent Don Grosdidier said in a statement.

Teacher and other licensed educators have been working under terms of last year’s contract, as months of negotiations had failed to secure an agreement on compensation and working conditions. Once negotiations hit an impasse, a federal mediator was called in to meet with both sides Thursday.

The session led to movement: Teachers backed off their call for adding $125 to the base salary of all 108 licensed educators in the district, while the district agreed to allow such educators to get a “step” increase on the district’s salary schedule, based upon the educators’ years of experience.

“Based on the restrictions that the state Legislature has imposed on Kansas schools, we felt that this was the best offer we were going to receive,” said Bob Sailler, a teacher and the association’s lead negotiator, in a statement. “As the district’s enrollment has increased, the number of teachers in the district has decreased. Teachers have been asked to do more and more while at the same time, our base salary has remained stagnant.

“It’s unfortunate, but that’s the reality we’re in.”

Wage increases will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year, the district said.

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6 Responses to Eudora Teachers and School District reach contract agreement

  • Welcome to the real world. A raise at all is more than 95% of us have had in the last 3 years.
    The teachers should be ashamed to have even went so far to get more money while everyone else gets no more pay and taxes go up and up and up due to a district that is raping us for millions.
    Sell west elementry, sell Nottingham , sell the lot downtown , sell the admin building on 10th then come to us and bitch about money problems !!!!!!!
    This disrict and the leaders make me puke. !!!!!!

    Learn to live within your means if you dare to try.

  • Amen! “businessman” you are 100% correct! The city and the school district need to learn how to live within their means!

  • The teachers in Eudora do a great job. Recognition from US News & World Report and NUMEROUS State Standards of Excellence don’t just fall into the laps of people who don’t know what they’re doing. Teachers are not paid enough for the amount of time and effort they put into helping students.We should be supporting our teachers in anyway that we can! We should value our teachers more.

    P.S. To the Business man. You are always leaving such negative comments on this website. There is a lot of great real estate for sale in other communities. Maybe you should move somewhere else and stop complaining about Eudora.

  • Hi Tina. We are doing just that.
    The business and our personal home are both going to be left for someone else to take care of. Eudora is just too messed up for my taste.
    A school district that is out of control and a city that has gotten to the point of keeping businesses from coming to town.
    The downtown grant money is being given to businesses that are NOT in the downtown district and the ones downtown are being denied any grant money by the city. Makes me dizy trying to figure out what our leaders are trying to do.

    Our streets suck, our water is getting worse by the day and the cost of living in Eudora is way way out of control. 5 years ago our city bill was $59.00 a month and now it is $220.00 what the F is up with that ????
    This is no way to run a city.

  • This is not on the same subject of the article, but on the comments being made here. I wish we all could come together and change some of these items? We all care about the same things and especially the betterment of our community. Instead of moving away from it, take a stand?? I was wondering about the grant monies. From this I guess this means the auto parts store must have recieved the monies which I thought was only allocated for downtown businesses? Is this also the reason why Penny Annies has not opened? Are they every going to open, or are they too looking for a new place to lease? At first it was said they would open in aug., then sept., now its oct and my son and I peek through the windows often (candy fans here) and they have not moved anything since they moved into the bldg. So sad. You should never say you will do something(promises, promises) or what I call “lipservice” unless you can do it! Such as the grant monies, they should let you know exactly what its about before you sign the lease. I think this use to be called false advertisement? And you can live in a community and love it but not love all the goings on involved in the community. I have for almost 20 yrs now. I am trying to make changes starting with myself which is something we could all do!

  • I agree totally with “Businessman” this town is out of control as far as their schools are concerned.. why so many? All it does is make taxes higher for people, like me, that haven’t had a raise in almost 4 years… my insurance keeps going up also but I don’t get compensated for it..gas is higher, utilites are out of control..food you can’t afford to buy either. I don’t understand cry baby teachers… they knew what teachers salary’s were before they went into that field… they are also off all summer and could get a part time job it they wanted it. As far as downtown is concerned, who can afford to pay the rent here, a friend ask about renting just a small area and they wanted $1400. a month plus utilities and overhead, who could afford to open a business here.. they made the comment to the owner that that was a little high and the owner said, “not according to Lawrence” HELLO, we are not in Lawrence, we are in BFE Eudora that doesn’t have one tenth the traffic flow. I think what we need is new city and school management.. someone down to earth that doesn’t think EVERYONE makes $100,000+ per year.