Teachers in the North Scott Community School District who take classes to improve their academic degrees and knowledge will still have financial support from the district.

The North Scott School Board on Monday agreed to pay teachers $116,319, in what is called "lane changes," to reimburse the teachers for taking the classes.

North Scott Superintendent Joe Stutting described the costs as not essential but a wise use of funds. However, he said it's also "deficit spending which we can't do, forever."

John Maxwell, board president, said the district is committed to its teachers and paying for such educational costs.

North Scott uses "interest-based bargaining" in negotiations with teachers and staff members. Collective bargaining changes made by the Iowa Legislature last year have affected practices in North Scott, as well as other public school districts in the state.

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