Open negotiations begin, proposals laid out
While the District and DCFT are not expected to begin reconciling their contract proposals until the next negotiation session later this month, the two sides were able to find agreement on one issue: the package of medical benefits for employees. The issue was brought up separately from the rest of the contract negotiation in order to ensure that the benefits are in place for the fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
An historic moment
Wednesday’s open negotiation, approved by the Douglas County Board of Education in March, is a bold move towards increased transparency.
The Douglas County Board of Education has made transparency a keystone of District policy. In addition to open negotiations, the Board has instituted financial transparency measures, open public forums, telephone town halls, school visits, webinars, online news publications, and community outreach to provide students, parents, employees, and taxpayers with information and resources about the district.
Updates regarding negotiations will be posted at: www.dcsdk12.org/opennegotiations