The Keokuk School District and the union representing its teachers have some distance to make up as they begin contract negotiations.
The district wants to freeze salaries at their current levels for the 2014-2015 school year.
This comes as the Keokuk Education Association is seeking an 8% increase in the base pay along with associated raises based on experience and education.
The district’s initial contract offer proposes a three-tier health insurance system with higher deductibles and reduces additional pay provided for dependent coverage.
It also calls for the discontinuation of the practice of giving employees free tickets to extracurricular activities.
Instead, employees would receive one activity pass if they work one event without pay and a second pass for their spouse if they work three events without pay.
Negotiations between the two sides can now move behind closed doors with the public exchange of the initial offers.