Duluth School Board OKs bond sales, Grant/Nettleton design
Tuesday night's Duluth School Board meeting included votes that occurred past the News Tribune deadline. Red Plan bond sales Up for vote: Two bond sales totaling $5.3 million for work related to the long-range building plan. What they did: The bo...
Tuesday night's Duluth School Board meeting included votes that occurred past the News Tribune deadline.
Red Plan bond sales
What it means: The district will bid out the bonds, and the board will be asked to approve bids at its Aug. 17 meeting. More money is needed for new work and less for repairs and remodeling, so state statute required that the funds be adjusted. Designs for Grant/Nettleton school
What it means: Work will continue on the designs to develop them further into working drawings, to be approved again by the board, probably later this year. The district hopes to bid out the project in February. Teacher contract
Johnston said Wednesday he plans to contest the vote that approved the 2011-13 teachers' contract. It was approved 4-0. When board Chairman Tim Grover called for a vote, Kasper, Glass and Johnston didn't respond.
Johnston said there was no order in the room when Grover called for the vote. He said he was still trying to discuss the measure and was cut off. He continued talking through the vote, however.
Grover said the vote was official and as board chairman he had an obligation to move the meeting along.
"Mr. Johnston had more than adequate opportunity to state his feelings on the contract," he said.
Johnston also said that while he was supportive of teachers, he'd rather see no wage increase than see more teachers laid off in the coming year to pay for the additional expenses.
"We know the state budget is flat," he said. "Public coffers are not good. Teachers have to look at that."