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April 17, 2013

Teacher concession talk on table at Lew-Port

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Niagara Gazette — Jaruszewski has publicly supported the district exceeding the property tax levy cap as a way of funding more teacher positions. But he's not against taking the cut in pay or surrendering extra money for health insurance payment if it saves a job, two or 10.

"No one wants to hear the 'C' word," he said. "Concession. But in this situation, I believe we would all rather save teachers than worry about that. And I would be the first person to make any concession to save a job here."

But he isn't going to just take any deal thrown in front of his face, he said. The district can't be looking to just cover up a wound with a one-year fix, which he called a "band-aid."

Like the union's health care payments, there needs to be some sort of assurance the concession will affect more than just one year.

He said it would likely be in the district's and the union's best interest to take whatever layoffs are proposed this year rather than simply delay the pain until next year, when political climates could force another desperate budget year in Lew-Port.

"It can't just be a bandage," he said. "We'll need to see exactly what it saves. But if it's only a Band-Aid and puts it off until next year, we've got to take the hit. Education is a business now, and we don't have the means to generate enough revenue."

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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