Shawnee Mission attorneys’ brief in teacher contract dispute says district can’t keep deficit spending

Teachers gathered outside the Center for Academic Achievement prior to a board of education meeting last month.

The salary proposal put forth by the National Education Association – Shawnee Mission would force the district to dip into reserves and leave it with less than a month’s worth of operating expenses on hand after three years, according to the attorneys representing the district administration in its contract dispute with teachers.

In a pre-conference brief filed with the Kansas Department of Labor last week, the attorneys lay out the district’s arguments for the two-year contract offer it had on the table when mediated negotiations broke down in September.