CLINTON — The Clinton Education Association sought a 9 percent total package increase when making its initial proposal for the 2009-2010 school year in early February.

Instead, the Clinton School Board tonight is expected to approve an increase of 3.78 percent, the result of a tentative agreement reached between the district and the CEA. The agreement has been ratified by the teachers, who had been asked to consider the school district’s initial counteroffer of 1.59 percent in late February.

Under Iowa law, schools may conduct contract negotiations behind closed doors, though the initial proposals from both sides and the final agreement are public.

Also on tonight’s agenda are two public hearings, one for the proposed start date for the 2009-2010 school year and another for the 2009 Bluff Elementary School roof project.

The board would like to start the school year during the week of Aug. 17. The board also is to consider accepting a bid of $177,040 from Beckwith Roofing for the Bluff Elementary roofing project, to approve aligning the Clinton High School and Lincoln High School calendars and to transfer scholarship funds from the school district to the Clinton Education Foundation.

The board will move to set a public hearing for the fiscal year 2009 certified budget for 5:30 p.m. May 28 at Roosevelt Administration Center and to accept the Health Benefits Committee’s recommendation for allowing vision insurance to be purchase by district employees at their cost.

Along with considering personnel items, the board will take action on measures related to the receipt of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, a discussion about a final design meeting on May 12 with the pool consultant concerning the Clinton High School aquatic project and authorization that will allow administration to move forward with design discussions for the CHS project and the elementary HVAC project.

A closed session in which a parent will appeal a disciplinary decision will take place after the meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of Clinton City Hall.

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