May 24, 2018

Dear Valley Grove School District Community,

Since early 2016, the Valley Grove School District (“District”) bargaining team has engaged diligently in the negotiation process with the Valley Grove Educational Association (“Association”).  During this time, we have met with the Association fourteen (14) times, spending many hours each time working with the goal of reaching a fair, equitable, and reasonable contract.  Recently, on May 23, 2018, the District extended a comprehensive final counter-proposal to the Association, which the Association rejected.  This proposal included, among other things, the following terms:

Service

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-20 / 2020-21

Physician Office Visit

$10

$10

$20

$25

Specialist Office Visit

$10

$10

$20

$25

Diagnostic Services (Advanced Imaging)

$10

$10

$20

$20

Basic Diagnostic Services

$10

$10

$20

$20

Emergency Room Services                    (Waived if Admitted)

$50

$50

$100

$125

Urgent Care Services

$10

$10

$20

$25

Spinal Manipulation         (20 visits per benefit period)

$15

$15

$25

$30

Physical Therapy Services

$10

$10

$15

$15

Generic Drugs

$5

$5

$5

$5

Brand Drugs

$15

$15

$25

$30

The District was disappointed to learn on May 24, 2018 that the Association rejected their comprehensive final counterproposal.  Throughout the ongoing negotiation process the school board has and will continue to work on behalf of students, teachers and the community to ensure a fair and equitable contact that the taxpayers of the Valley Grove School District can support.