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Frazee Education Association hosting information meeting tonight

The Frazee Education Association will be hosting a public information meeting and press conference Monday at 6 p.m. at the Frazee Event Center.

Tom Dooher, the Education Minnesota state president, will be the featured speaker. The public is welcome and a light lunch will be served.

The Frazee Education Association rejected the school board's last offer last Friday.

Doug Schwarzrock, Frazee Education Association President, said the Frazee teachers' negotiating team presented an offer which would have cost the taxpayers less money than the board's previous offer.

He said the current FEA offer included more teacher work time and more student contact time than the current contract.

Schwarzrock said the last offer from the board stripped benefits from the current contract and lengthened the work day while removing compensation for experience and advanced degrees (steps and lanes).

He said with the School Board rejecting the offer, the district chose to surrender $26,000 in state aid. He said it was noteworthy that board members chose to attend the Minnesota School Board Association convention in St. Paul on Wednesday and Thursday of last week before the state deadline instead of working towards an agreement.