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Impasse in Frazee leads to $26,000 state fine
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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

The teachers and school board in the Frazee-Vergas School District have not reached a contract agreement, and the district will pay a one-time fine of $26,000.

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The Frazee-Vergas District office sent out a news release Friday that stated, "as of 7 a.m. Friday, the FEA (teacher's union) rejected the district's most recent offer without looking at it."

The district's offer was for a 5.078 percent increase, and the Frazee Education Association's offer was an increase of 5.415 percent, a difference of $15,122.

Because an agreement could not be reached by the state-set deadline of Jan. 15, the district will be assessed a one-time fee of $25 per pupil, which comes to just over $26,000.

The FEA is hosting an open public forum Monday at 6 p.m. in the Frazee Event Center.

The featured guest speaker will be Tom Dooher, Education Minnesota state president.

The purpose of the conference is to inform the public about the ongoing teacher contract negotiations. Teacher negotiators will be available to answer questions about the status of the contract talks.

The public is invited to attend, and a light lunch will be provided.

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