The Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association are awaiting an answer from the School District on its proposed salary agreement. KPEA President LaDawn Druce says they don’t want a raise beyond the cost of living.
As for healthcare changes, the School District is predicting $1,600 per employee per month for health insurance. The KPEA and KPESA are asking the School District to pay 90 percent of the cost. This is a three-year proposal, with the salary piece to the proposal having to be calculated each year. Druce says the School District has until Wednesday to answer this proposal. If they do not accept it; then, the union goes back to the original proposal; and, the negotiations continue. She said, if that happens, then an agreement would take some time.
Druce says the mediator works with both sides to bridge the gap between the two groups.