Board member Dottie King was absent from the meeting while member Forrest Buell abstained.
Board president Ted Jackson, Supt. Dan Schroeder, Director of Personnel, Data and Food Service Carolyn Kumpf and Business Manager Mike Fowler served on the management team as well as attorney and chief negotiator Michelle Cooper.
There is a 1.25 percent one-time offer that is not on the salary schedule, a .5 percent one-time offer, for a retirement vehicle and a .25 percent increase on the salary schedule. The total is 2 percent. However, only the .25 percent is annual while the 1.25 and .5 percents would need to be voted on again next year.
One board member, however, questioned the validity of giving teachers a raise after expressing concerns the corporation is short at least six teachers.
"Our students need every one of today's teachers, plus the six teachers mentioned in our classrooms," board member Buell said.
"Knowing the above and the need to give our teachers a salary raise, how can this be done with the current budget?"
He asked the State Board of Accounts be brought in to investigate the financial status of the corporation. However, according to Fowler, the State Board of Accounts did a full audit 10 months ago.
"They did a thorough review and found everything to be in order," Fowler said.
In a letter delivered to board members at the conclusion of Thursday's meeting, Buell asked the item regarding the teacher's contracts be put on hold because any action on the agenda item, the contracts, would not solve the student drop out rate.
"An understaffed teacher classroom is not the answer to our dropout problem, especially in our early learning classrooms," Buell said.
"Our dropout students are sending a powerful message to our school board and our public. They cannot learn in our present classroom environment."