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District 192 settles grievance

The Farmington School District settled a grievance Monday related to years of experience 55 district teachers received credit for when they were hired.

The district hired the teachers in recent years but might, for example, have given a teacher with five years of experience credit for just four on the district’s salary schedule.

Human resources director Mary Ann Thomas said the move was an effort to save the district money and allow it to hire more teachers. She said ambiguous language in the district’s collective bargaining agreement with teachers suggested that was allowed.

All of the teachers were aware of the district’s action when they were hired, but when the teacher’s union learned about it earlier this year they had a different interpretation of the language in the collective bargaining agreement.

The union filed its grievance in early October.

“Both parties felt it was in the best interest of the school district, the staff, the students that we just settle this,” Thomas said.

Under the resolution approved Monday, the affected teachers will be moved to their correct position in the salary schedule, effective Nov. 1. They will not receive any back pay for time worked under their old position on the schedule.

Thomas said the agreement will cost the district $193,000 that was not in this year’s budget.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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