H-D Board counters HDEA with 3 percent increase

Closed negotiations set to begin in February

The Hampton-Dumont Community School District presented its counter proposal to the Hampton-Dumont Education Association in an early morning special session on Monday.

The board, which heard a 6.04 percent initial offer from the HDEA, countered with a 3 percent increase to the staff as an initial bargaining position. The board presented a total package increase of $219,127, including a possible 6 percent increase in the district’s insurance premium.

The board explained HDEA Chief Negotiator Steve Huling that they’ve overspent the district’s budget for the past few years in order to correct some surpluses following conservative budgeting practices during the recent recession. With that in mind, H-D is attempting to be cognitive of its spending and return to a balanced budget.

Read the full article in the January 29 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.