La Crosse’s school board, Monday night, gave tentative approval to a new district budget, which includes only a 2 percent pay hike for teachers.
Before that vote, however, former La Crosse Education Association president and longtime Central High School Spanish teacher, John Havlicek, told the board that teachers are being disrespected.
Havlicek pointed to the perception that teachers put in less than eight hours of work in a day and don’t have to work in the summer.
The teacher of 27 years offered four suggestions for change, including telling teachers what to stop doing, so they can work closer to a typical 40-hour work week.
Another option? “Give me comp time, so I can gain back those hours that I’m to report to work. At this rate, I’ll be done sometime in early April,” Havlicek said.
The last option, according to Havlicek, “admit that we are in fact full-time employees that deserve to be treated like the professionals we are, and we should be compensated fairly.”
This summer, the board rejected the union’s request for a 4.7 percent. This, after teachers didn’t get a raise during the pandemic.