The Manawa School Board took no action after a closed session meeting Monday, June 2.
The board meeting was scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m., but was delayed until about 4:50 p.m.
At about 4:35 p.m., three board members – Carl Artz, Kurt Kreklow and Paul Sturm – met with District Administrator Ed Dombrowski in his office. The door was closed.
Several community members waited for the meeting to begin because they expected a decision to be made on the “employment status of employees.” They said they were there “to make a statement.”
When the board meeting was called to order, Board President Kreklow immediately adjourned to closed session.
The meeting reconvened shortly before 8 p.m.
The only action the board made was to announce that they will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 11.
Kreklow told the Waupaca County Post that the June 11 meeting would be “about the same” as the June 2 meeting.
The board held a special committee meeting at 4 p.m. on June 2 to present a contract proposal to the teaching staff.
The proposal included a 1.46 percent base salary increase.
The bargaining committee for the teachers noted that they have received only minimum increases in the last five years. They said the base salary has only risen by about $350 in this time period.
“That doesn’t even pay for the classes I am required to take,” said Janet Huebner, an elementary teacher.
The teachers left the room to discuss the proposal.
When they returned, the teachers asked for clarification of some of the wording in the board’s proposal.
The board explained that they can only offer a minimum increase to the base salary. To offer more would require a referendum.
“This is the maximum (increase) we can offer right now,” Sturm said.
The board agreed to table the contract negotiations to give the teachers more time to study the proposal.