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TEACHERS IN 7 DISTRICTS HAVE NO CONTRACTS
PACTS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED INCLUDE CUTS IN BENEFITS TO FINANCE PAY RAISES

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PACTS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED INCLUDE CUTS IN BENEFITS TO FINANCE PAY RAISES

Only seven of Utah's 40 school districts remain without teacher contracts.

Contract negotiations are not complete in Granite, Davis, Uintah, Morgan, Park City, Millard and San Juan districts.Davis, which has been a hotbed of teacher discontent, reported negotiations at a standstill, but with no immediate plans to seek arbitration.

The Granite Education Association declared an impasse last week after failing to reach agreement with the state's largest school district, and a federal arbitrator is scheduled to sit down with both sides Monday.

Salt Lake School District - The 1,280 teachers in the Salt Lake School District received an across-the-board raise of 4 percent. However, teachers at the top of salary schedule received a 5.4 percent increase.

Personnel Director J. Dale Manning said the teachers agreed to some reductions in medical insurance coverage to increase salaries.

He said it was decided that teachers on the top rungs of the salary schedule would receive a larger increase because they have gone several years without a significant raise.

Last year, the district eliminated its bottom three rungs on the salary schedule, raising the beginning teacher's salary from more than $15,000 to more than $17,000. This fall, a beginning Salt Lake teacher with a bachelor's degree earns $17,855.

Jordan District - Jordan Board of Education approved a contract Tuesday night that includes raises for teachers at all levels, plus additional raises for beginning teachers as well as those at the upper levels of the schedule. The board also provided a $250 stipend for all certificated employees, payable in November.

The 3.25 percent across-the-board increase was possible because the Jordan Education Association agreed to some concessions in health insurance coverage.

In addition to the overall raise, teachers at the lower end of the salary schedule will receive .5 percent. The bottom step was eliminated, and employees on steps one, two and three moved one to two steps up the ladder. The consolidation of the three lowest steps brings the beginning salary for teachers with a bachelor's degree to $16,779, said Patti Dahl, district spokeswoman.

At step 17, a career incentive increment will be provided, giving these employees a 2 percent increase over the 1989-90 rate. At step 25, a 4 percent increase was granted.

Murray School District - Murray teachers got a 3.6 percent salary increase in the contract they agreed to in mid-August but now have to dig into their own pockets to pay for the first $400 of the annual cost of their family's medical treatment.

A 51 percent increase in medical insurance rates in two years forced the Murray School District to establish a deductible of $200 for individual teachers and $400 for families, Assistant Superintendent Dave West said.