Lead Negotiator Daryl Patrick and Education Hutchinson member Kyle Schroeder were on the air with Abby Popp on Monday afternoon talking about contract negotiations with the Hutchinson School BoardMembers of Education Hutchinson say that they hope negotiations will resume soon with the Hutchinson School Board.
Although contract negotiations began over 6 months ago, virtually no progress has been made since November toward reaching a new contract.
Lead negotiator for Education Hutchinson Darryl Patrick said that the district has a fund balance of about $7.9 million, and a self insurance fund of $3.1 million, and that the district could work with at least some of that $11 million total.
Kyle Schroeder, also with Education Hutchinson, added that the district does have plans for those funds, but that currently teachers have been left out of those plans.
Originally negotiators hoped to have a contract settled by Christmas, but with no state-imposed deadline, there is little pressure to reach an agreement. Schroeder said in extreme cases steps can be taken with mediation and arbitration, but again emphasized their desire to come to a consensus on their own.
Teachers in Hutchinson have been working without a contract since last June.
Patrick and Schroeder appeared on Community Affairs with Abby Popp yesterday (Monday) afternoon. You can hear the complete interview at kduz.com.
Members of the Hutchinson School Board declined an invitation to appear on KDUZ this week.