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."

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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