Forum planned Monday by Ki-Be teacher union

BENTON CITY -- The teacher union of the Kiona-Benton City School District plans to hold a public forum in front of the elementary/middle school in Benton City at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Teachers will explain what effects the bargaining agreement proposed by district officials will have on teachers.

The state is giving districts 1.9 percent less money to pay their teachers, but has left it up to districts how to negotiate those cuts. The Ki-Be school district wants teachers to work 3.5 days without pay, said union president Connie Meredith.