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Bemidji teacher contract talks delayed

Negotiations between the Bemidji School District and the Bemidji Education Association on teaching contracts for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years have been delayed.

Both groups and a mediator with the state Bureau of Mediation Services were scheduled to meet Wednesday, but the meeting was postponed until next Tuesday.

The delay was prompted by an issue with the mediator's schedule.

So far, BEA representatives have met with school district officials 12 times, including once with a state mediator, in an effort to reach a tentative agreement.

Every two years, school district teachers have the opportunity to renegotiate the terms of their contract. Teaching contracts operate on a two-year term, beginning July 1 of each odd-numbered year.

The district's negotiations team includes Board of Education members John Pugleasa and Bill Faver, district administrators Jordan Hickman and Chris Leinen, and Superintendent James Hess.

The BEA's negotiations team consists of Mary Kobilka, Ami Aalgaard, Tim Mayclin, Rob Strand and Jason Keoster.