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The Decorah Education Association (DEA) and Decorah School District have started contract negotiations for the 2014-2015 school year. 
At a special meeting Monday, the DEA submitted its initial offer to the District, which includes maintaining a single, $1,000 deductible insurance plan as in previous years, and an total package increase of $5.49 percent. 
The proposal would amount to an increase of $501,430, increasing the cost from approximately $9.13 million to $9.63 million. 
In addition, the DEA is proposing some slight language changes to the continuation portion of the health insurance portion of the contract. 
The District is expected to present its initial counteroffer at a special meeting Monday, March 10.