Teachers in the Edwardsville School District may not be in the classroom when school starts later this month after they rejected the latest offer from the school officials on Thursday. The three-year offer from the Edwardsville Board of Education included placing a freeze on teacher salaries this year and a step and lane movement during the second and third years, equating to a 2 percent increase in each year. In total the proposed contract included $1.3 million in salary increases during the life of the deal.
That is $1-million less than teachers have in mind. They are seeking a contract that includes .25-percent and .50-percent increases to base salary over the first two years, in additon to the 2 percent step and lane movement. The union's proposal totals a little more than $2.3-million in salary increases over the life of the deal. A crisis management team was also brought in on Thursday to help get the two sides back to the negotiation table with the hopes of starting school on time. The Edwardsville School District plans to start classes on August 15th.