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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:34 PM

Salary dispute keeps district, teachers in pay standoff

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Staff Writer

David White said he wished the Ottawa school district had unlimited resources when it came to teachers’ salaries.

“It would be nice to be able to have an open checkbook and write [checks for the] salaries we all know you all deserve, but the state doesn’t give us that option, and we’re doing the best we can with the funds we have available,” White, school board president, told the more than a dozen teachers and community members who came to Monday night’s school board meeting to urge board members to resolve a salary dispute between the district and the teachers’ negotiating team. The issue has proved to be a stumbling block in ratifying a teachers’ contract for the 2013-2014 school year.

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