As the debate over the renovation project continues, teacher contract negotiations remain the main focus for the community.
Monday, the corporation placed a paid advertisement in The Brazil Times detailing the latest offer from the corporation to the teachers.
The offer, given Aug. 13, would give teachers a 12.9 percent to 15 percent pay increase from the last contract.
Additionally, the corporation would still pay 90 percent of a single teacher's health insurance premiums, and 60 percent of the family premium.
The offer also says the corporation would give 2 percent of a teacher's salary into a retirement fund beyond the 3 percent already contributed to the Indiana Teachers Retirement Fund.
The teachers association presented a counter proposal, which was deemed too expensive for the district.
The debate is over if the corporation's cash balance can be used to cover salary compensation for the past few years.
The corporation says that most of the balance has already been promised to retired teachers.
This stems from the inability of the corporation to completely buy out retirement bonds a few years ago.
Also, if the corporation used the excess in the cash balance to fund the raises asked for by the teachers association, the balance would be gone after one year.
If there is no money in the cash balance, there is no money for raises in the years after.
The teachers association contends the retirement package for a current teacher is more than made up in the difference between the salary paid to a current teacher and a newly hired teacher.
The teachers are trying to first settle compensation for the school years 2003-04 through 2006-07, and then move on to a future contract.
"Our salary from 2003-04 should not be tied to an insurance rate in 2007-08," teachers association representative Russ True said.
On the other hand, although it is tempting to settle using the cash balance, "I can't give what's not there," said school board president Terry Barr.
Both the school board and the teachers association have said that, at the moment, the proposed trimester scheduling is a non-issue.
Teachers were part of the committee that put together the proposal for trimester scheduling, but nothing has been discussed about language in the contract.
Contract talks have been stalled since the Aug. 13 meeting. No future meetings have been scheduled.