District should seek input from MEA on insurance changes

The Marshalltown Education Association appreciates the coverage of last week’s school board meeting which focused on health insurance for teachers and other school employees. However, the article stated that Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Theron Schutte said district administration and the Marshalltown Education Association teacher’s union had been unable to come to an agreement on a health insurance plan. We don’t know where this information came from, but it is simply not the case. The district has met on only one occasion with our Association’s Insurance Committee. This was an informational meeting back in December where no discussion on plan revisions between the parties occurred. Nor has the district asked to meet with the association since then. This is unfortunate as the two parties have worked diligently in the past to reach agreement on health insurance plans that work to the best interest of all parties.

It is our hope that the district and board will seek the association’s input on any health insurance changes as we hope to maintain benefits that both fit within the budget as well as allow the district to attract and retain the best teachers.