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Jamestown Teachers' Contract Talks Continue
JAMESTOWN – Teachers’ salaries and how to implement an agreement on use of sick leave remain the sticking points between the Jamestown Public School Board and the Jamestown Education Association. The two sides have been working toward a new two-year teachers’ contract to take effect in the fall of 2013.

Negotiators have agreed to allow teachers to use up to three weeks of earned sick time for adoption leave. The teachers want to see the language in the two-year contract and the school board wants it in the school policies. Representatives for the teachers are concerned that a policy on the subject could be changed at any time and argue that contract language better protects the agreement.

On salaries, the school board is now offering 4% in each year and says that is the final offer. Teacher negotiators continue to seek a 4.75% increase in 2013-2014 and a 4.5% increase in 2014-2015.

The two sides will meet again on July 16.