From the Butte Mt. Mt.Standard: Butte public schools are shuttered Wednesday after district officials and administrators failed to agree on a contract for the 2011-2012 school year.
Butte School District 1 and Teamsters’ Union 2, which represented the 15 principals, assistant principals and directors at a last-chance meeting Tuesday evening, could not strike a deal which would have allowed schools to continue to operate.
The disagreement is a 1 percent difference in the size of a salary increase for the administrators.
The school district offered a 2 percent raise on administrators’ base salary in addition to their guaranteed raises for experience. That would amount to at least a 4.4 percent annual pay increase for all the administrators.
The union countered last Friday with a proposal to accept a 1 percent raise for this year, while maintaining their request for the 4 percent experience factor increase for the administrators.
That divide could not be bridged Tuesday and a strike was called.
Read more: http://mtstandard.com/news/local/administrators-strike/article_f85c8e62-d908-11e0-9f67-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1XKKhUC8U
Usually, it is the teachers who strike and the schools close but this time, it is the administrators of a small town school district who have closed down the schools.
So, 15 people have brought down the education in Butte, MT. Shame, Shame, Shame!!