Hays-NEA concerned about process
By JUDY SHERARD
With the ink barely dry on this year's contract, the Hays USD 489 labor management committee had its first meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss issues.
The committee, composed of Hays-NEA members, central office administrators and board of education representatives, is scheduled to meet in September, November and January before beginning negotiation talks in May.
Kim Schneweis, co-chairwoman of the Hays-NEA bargaining unit, asked for a clarification of the negotiation style.
"Board policy indicates we use interest-based bargaining, but we've certainly moved away from that," she said.
Kathy Wagoner, co-chairwoman of the bargaining unit, said the board of education doesn't want to do it.
"It seems they have expressed some concern with the process," Interim Superintendent Dean Katt said.
No board members were at the committee meeting.
Schneweis said the union would prefer interest-based bargaining, which involves both sides coming to a "win-win" resolution.
Other topics discussed included clearing up confusion about changes in early retirement policy and getting information to teachers about the new evaluation system.
"The idea (of the evaluations) is to set goals and expectations of what we want to see and how it's translated into the classroom," Katt said. "It's not to see who's not doing their job. It reflects on the district as a whole."
Any decisions by the negotiating teams must be ratified by the Hays-NEA membership and approved by the board of education before taking effect.