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District 191 teachers approve contract proposal

Members of the Burnsville Education Association (BEA) have approved a new two-year contract. The next step will be for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education to consider the proposal at its meeting on Jan. 14.

Wendy Drugge Wuensch, BEA president, said the bargaining unit voted on Dec. 21 to approve the contract after a tentative agreement was reached earlier this month and then information sessions took place for members.

"It's a great way to end a year and begin a new one with a new approved contract," she said. "Now we can continue our focus on our students and on moving forward with Vision One91."  

The negotiations process was collaborative and respectful throughout, according to Stacey Sovine, the district's executive director of human resources. "Every round of negotiations presents its own challenges and both sides work hard to develop agreeable solutions," he said. "We are confident that the competitive compensation package will continue to attract and retain the highest quality teachers for our students."

Bob VandenBoom, chair of the Board of Education, served on the negotiations committee along with Board members Sandy Sweep and Jim Schmid.

When approved, the new two-year contract would be retroactive to July 1, 2015, and continue until June 30, 2017, for the 725 employees in the district's largest bargaining unit which includes teachers, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and other licensed educators.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 09:24