At Monday night's meeting, the ISEA Uniserv teacher's association approached the Clay Central-Everly school board with their request for increases for the 2013-14 school year.
In total, the association requested a 5.6 percent increase, about $89,815.32 in additional funds to be divided between contract salaries and insurance.
Because Iowa Code states that a school district must offer a counter proposal within 10 days, the board met again Thursday night to counter with an increase of $4,756 for the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System supplement on salary. This increase is a 4.43 percent addition to the IPERS supplement amount and a 0.3 percent addition overall.
"This is the process we go through every year," said Board President Scott Rinehart. "They start with a big number, we come back with a low number, and we meet somewhere in the middle."
The negotiations will be conducted in closed session, though the board and association agreed to wait to talk until February, when updated health insurance information will be made available.
"Some of it depends on how much they have to give to health insurance," Rinehart said.
The entire process is "general practice," according to Rinehart, and "never gets very intense."
"We chat back and forth until we come to a number that both sides can agree with," Rinehart said.