GLENDALE – Glendale Unified School District is preparing to declare an impasse with state regulators after failing to reach an agreement with its teachers union over salaries, officials said Wednesday. The decision comes after the latest round of negotiations ended Tuesday without an agreement. The district said it now will appeal to the California Public Employment Relations Board, which could order both sides back to the table or send a mediator to help broker a settlement. “If we can’t make it move, you go through the process with state mediation….,” Superintendent Michael Escalante said. “What we want to do is to get this settled and we want our teachers taken care of and we can move on.” Glendale Teachers Association President Allen Freemon said he disagreed with the move and remained optimistic a deal could be reached without mediation. But while some agreement has been reached on work hours and procedures, neither side is budging on proposed raises. The 1,400-member union has sought a 12.6percent raise, while the district has held firm at 5.1percent. “If we were presented with some information that could rationalize us moving our position, we could,” Freemon said. “So far, there has been no information presented to us that will allow us to do that.” For the 2006-07 school year, the district is expecting up to $12million in ongoing new revenue from Sacramento. The district’s proposal would allocate about 85percent of those funds toward a raise. But the union wants a better deal. Freemon has said the teachers union settled for a total 7percent in raises over the past five years, while inflation rose 17percent over the same period. Escalante said the district can’t afford more because enrollment at the 28,000-student district is declining, which cuts into state funding. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!