740 DougCo Teachers Could Lose Jobs As Contract Deadline Approaches

Teachers Have Until Friday To Sign Contracts With District

Douglas County teachers could lose their jobs unless they make their own deals with the school district.

So far, 2,238 of 2,980 teachers have signed individual contracts. The rest have until Friday.

According to the Denver Post, talks between the teachers union and the administration have stalled and their contract expires June 30.

In an email to teachers, Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen said if teachers don't sign a contract by the deadline, "... We will assume you are not returning next year, and we will work with the school to fill the position so we are ready for our students in the fall."

Although scheduled negotiations ended Friday, the teachers' union and the administration say they are willing to keep talking.

Remaining issues include salaries, a pay-for-performance plan and the district's desire to remove the union as the exclusive bargaining unit representing the teachers.

The contract teachers have signed includes a 1 percent pay increase, plus a 1 percent signing bonus, said Douglas County school-board president John Carson.

In recent years Colorado teachers have faced layoffs and pay freezes as districts struggle with lower tax revenues.

Douglas County is one of the few districts in the state offering a raise, which would be the first in several years.

However, while the district is proposing a raise, along with the elimination of furlough days, the union is seeking a 2 percent salary increase, plus a 1 percent signing bonus.

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