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Board OKs funds for youth development

District 88 teachers headed for mediation

March 23, 2012
By Kremena Spengler - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - The District 88 Board of Education on Thursday approved the allocation of Community Service Fund dollars designated by law for youth development.

As recommended by the Community Education Advisory Board, the School Board approved $15,525 for Healthy Communities Healthy Youth New Ulm Area in 2012-13, $2,000 for Network New Ulm Youth this year, and $2,000 for Network New Ulm Youth in 2012-13.

The total of youth development dollars is $19,228 as determined by the 2010 census.

Negotiations report

Updating the board on the progress of contract negotiations with the teachers' union, board negotiator Susan Nierengarten said the teachers have filed for mediation, and a mediation date has been set for May 17.

The negotiating teams met earlier this week and made some progress on language issues, but the sides remain "pretty far apart" on finances, she said.

"We haven't even talked about finances for a while," she said.

At least one more meeting has been scheduled before the mediation date, so perhaps mediation could potentially be averted, indicated Nierengarten.

Personnel report

In another report, Nierengarten said the Board's Personnel Committee has heard an oral report by a school attorney of the findings of an unspecified investigation.

The report quoted Superintendent Harold Remme as informing the Personnel Committee that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has dismissed a complaint involving the district.

Remme also told the Personnel Committee that the Department of Education will be interviewing staff today (Friday) about the inappropriate touch of a student by a former teacher in the spring of 2011.



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