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School District Posts New Teachers Contract Online

Menomonee Falls school officials have put the entire 2011-13 contract on the district's website, however, it may be too late for some.

On Thursday morning, the Menomonee Falls School District posted its new contract with the teachers on its website.

Whether doing so will satisify the more than 100 residents who wanted the details before the contract was approved Monday remains to be seen.

The full 73-page document includes a breakdown of savings reaped by the district through the contract, a contract summary, a Q&A section, and an important dates section.

Menomonee Falls Patch has also included an electronic copy of the confidentiality agreement signed by the negotiating team and the teachers union in November. It can be found as a .pdf in the photos tab on the article page.

The and the teachers union reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract settlement at , and the after four hours of heated debate.

The new two-year deal contains about $3 million in savings for the 2011-12 school year, which will go a long way in addressing an anticipated .

However, most residents in attendance at Monday’s meeting were upset that the contract wasn’t available for the public to view and discuss before it was voted on.

“I think it’s clear tonight the public feel they were not informed on this issue. A one-page overhead on the night you are voting is not enough,” said resident Andy Mohfeld at Monday’s meeting. “Give the public more time to digest this.”

On Monday, residents asked the board to delay a vote so they could view the contract and debate its contents. However, members said an agreement signed in November before the negotiating began barred them from releasing the document until it was approved.

Popular radio talk show host Mark Belling said he has lodged a complaint against Superintendent Keith Marty and School Board President Kathy Shurilla with District Attorney Brad Schimel. Belling believes the district violated open records law by not making public the tentative agreement reached with the union on Friday. He said he may also file a complaint against School Board member Faith VanderHorst.

Schimel said he also received another call from a resident who wanted to go through the steps to file a formal complaint regarding the same issue. Schimel said he will meet with his invesitgator next week to map out a course of action for the investigation.

He said he needed to research case law and get more background before he could weigh in on whether the law was violated.

Marty said the district has been negotiating this way for a number of years. He said it borrowed from common practices by other districts when they crafted their confidentiality agreement.

“I think it’s a very common practice when you are in collaborative bargaining, that you don’t really do it in public," he said. "We’ve used this now for a number of years."

The General May 26, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Carl - C'mon now. "Whether doing so will satisify the more than 100 residents who wanted the details before the contract was approved Monday remains to be seen." By definition, doing so will not. They wanted details BEFORE it was approved. Every single one of these seven school board members will be up for reelection eventually. The taxpayers of Menomonee Falls WILL NOT forget.
The prosser-cuter May 26, 2011 at 06:15 PM
I'm upset with the way the board shunned their noses as the people in attendance and had preconceived that they were all going to vote yes immediately for it. I think they had a reasonably good case for why they wanted to pass it given the immediate uncertainty of the collective bargaining law and the deficits the district was facing. They could have done a much better job in getting their points across. I think most reasonable people would have cut them some slack! The manner in which they passed it without informing the public is what has me upset.
ChuckMenoFalls May 26, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Political violence is not the answer - ever! Any threat of physical retaliation undercuts the messaging of those of us trying to legally respond to despicable actions of the board.
ChuckMenoFalls May 26, 2011 at 10:35 PM
I think Dr Marty's statements are the heart of the issue. Wisconsin state law provides the ability for a school board and employee union to negotiate in private via closed-meeting allowances with the open meetings laws. A reasonable person understands the needs to negotiate agreements in private. However, what Dr Marty seems to not appreciate, understand, or otherwise ignore is that state law clearly mandates the termination of privacy once the negotiation is completed. Based on accounts from Dr Marty and other board members, negotiation was completed at approximately 4:00PM on Friday, 20 May 2011. At that point, the tentative agreement became public. Dr Marty should be very clear on this point since Dr Marty was part of the SDMF in 1994 when AG Jim Doyle (our former Governor) made that point clear in an opinion issued against our Menomonee Falls School District. To the question suggested at the top of the article - finally releasing this document does not assuage my concerns. But I do hope that with the document being published, board members VanderHorst and Ternes will finally read it.
Nate May 26, 2011 at 11:03 PM
I love bashing government officials when they deserve it, and in this case they do, but I'd like to believe that as people of Menomonee Falls themselves, they're good people at heart. They just succumbed to some sort of pressure, internal or external. Never-the-less, even though this deal saved money on their health insurance, it most likely still puts the teachers in front of the taxpayers best interests. When making 50-70k for 9 months of work isn't enough while others are unemployeed, I don't think you're in it for the children.
The General May 26, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Dude - Waaaayyyy out of line.
Sammy May 27, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Guess what you leftist trolls,. We're not going to take it anymore. You better get used to us Radical Republicans pushing back. I've spent many weekends at the Capitol supporting Scott Walker and the attempt by Him to stop the Raping and pillaging of our State and my tax money. Look up Recipient awards and you'll see that 2.2 billion of stimulous funds went directally to the school districts. We got nothing ,And I've lost everything . My house, my business, My three workers, No insurance No retirement No credit. Everything is gone. Do you think I'm Pissed? You have no Idea how pissed I am. BTW , I witness enough hatred and vile threats at the Capitol, to last a lifetime. You'd better wake up, cause we have nothing else to lose , These unions are " Organized Crime". And all the Democrats and judges and school boards have been Bribed off. It's time to take out the Trash.
Sammy May 27, 2011 at 02:11 AM
You obviously dont know anything about business. The banks and businesses work hand in hand. From 2003 to 2008 we averaged 210,000 a year. In 2009, We lost 75% of our work. Averaged 52,000. Obama and the Democrats Blackballed and intimidated the banks and they stopped all credit lines to all businesses. Therefore I tried to keep all my employees working and paid them with the line of credit that we had. Hoping Construction would once again rebound. Yes, that was my choice to take that chance, But it was and is the Democrats fault through Spending and raping our economic funds, that made the economy even worse to a bounce back. Construction is in a full blown Depression. The oil industry is in a full blown depression , home sales are in a full blown depression. And now the Democrats and obama are trying to fully destroy and demonize the Manufacturing Sector jobs (Boeing). Anyone who sides with Obama the Dems and the Unions are Traitore to America. This economy and poverty is 100% Obama's Fault. 100%..
Nate May 27, 2011 at 02:21 AM
Sorry to hear that Sammy. David must get to ride the gravy train. Probably sad it won't go to Madison anymore.
Mark S May 27, 2011 at 02:39 AM
LOL! Nicely put Nate
Mark S May 27, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Sammy I feel for you. It is sad that we are supposed to pity the public sector workers that have decent paying jobs and have to give something up. I'm sure our friend Dave M doesn't even care if his union 'brother' is laid off, just so he gets his.
RAK May 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM
David, How shallow your thinking is, suggest you start your own business to gain empathy for those who risk their fortune to produce gainful employment for others. Sammy, I do understand and have empathy for your situation. My father's business went through similar circumstances albeit a number of years ago. He shortchanged his family to keep his union employees working and wound up losing everything.
RAK May 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM
David M, Once again the arrogance of your demeanor shows through in that last sentence. Sammy, I suggest that you forget about answering David as he seems to have a closed mind. It's the corrupt public union leaders along with capitulating school boards that have led to the fiscal problems in communities throughout our state as well as many states in the US, Illinois for example. Although private unions may also exhibit corrupt leadership they don't currently have the impact on public finance that public unions exhibit. Of course Trumka, AFl-CIO president, has a direct line to the White House and the Obama administration, could that be why Boeing is in the position it is today?
RAK May 27, 2011 at 02:09 PM
David M. I do agree with you that all the taxpayers of Menomonee Falls need to take a more active roll in local politics. We need more balance on the school board as well as the board of trustees neither of which are truly responsive to the taxpayers in general. There's an old boys club and school like clique that has had its grip on the local politics in the Falls as long as I have been a resident of this community. Jeff Davis tried to break the spell but his lack of administrative skills and errors resulted in his being catapulted from the scene by the in crowd. We need responsive change in this community and honest young blood to step forward to meet the challenge.
W . Benz December 19, 2012 at 03:16 AM
General : We sure haven't forgotten !!!

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