The Fort Dodge Community School District has begun negotiations with two of it's five bargaining units. On February 11, the district opened discussions with its teachers union by proposing an initial offer of a one-year contract with a 1.94% wage increase. The teachers union countered with 4.74%. Yesterday, the district opened negotiations with the second-largest union, which represents teacher's assistants. The district's first offer was a 2.06% increase, while the union asked for a 7.75% raise. Superintendent Doug Van Zyl says both the district and bargaining units prefer shorter-term deals:
the other three bargaining units- custodial maintenance, secretaries, and bus drivers- agreed to two-year contracts last year.