Members of the Fort Dodge Community School Board met with representatives of the district's bus drivers Monday night to begin negotiations on a future labor contract. The two sides presented initial proposals in an open meeting, and all future negotiations would be handled in closed session. In the contract proposal for the drivers association, seniority should mean the length of service in the district from the first day on the job. The district countered that seniority should mean length of service from the first day of a regular route job. Also proposed from the union was a $1.00 increase for all wages on all routes. Citing an earlier than usual starting date to negotiations, the district did not discuss wages in it's initial proposal. While the union proposal was a one-year deal, school district Assistant Superintendent Robert Hughes said the district operates with two-year contract agreements.