Brookfield school officials have imposed pay cuts for many teachers next year without agreeing on a new labor contract, the president of the teachers’ union said Friday.

The district routinely notifies teachers before July 1 of their salary for the next school year. Teachers began receiving those letters this week with salaries that appear to align with the 2004-05 pay scale, said Sally Schneider, president of the Brookfield Federation of Teachers.

The pay cuts vary according to a teacher’s experience and education, but Mrs. Schneider said the salaries of some veteran teachers were sliced by a few thousand dollars.

The teachers’ four-year contract that includes annual raises of up to 4 percent expires Friday. The 75-member union and district began negotiating a new deal in March with the understanding that the current contract would roll over until a new agreement is reached, Mrs. Schneider said.

“The contract remains intact until you change it and for some reason, they just feel that they don’t have to abide by these rules and they’re going to do whatever they want,” she said.

Superintendent Michael Notar did not return messages left Friday on his cell phone and with his secretary.

The pay notices teachers received this week have exposed what for months has apparently been a deteriorating relationship between the union and school officials.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Mrs. Schneider said. “We knew things could get worse, and they continue to do so.”

Mrs. Schneider said the union has offered the district 18 different contract proposals but has yet to get one counterproposal in return.

“So it’s their proposal or nothing,” she said.

The district has asked that a mediator from the Ohio State Employment Relations Board help in the negotiations. Notar said after Wednesday’s school board meeting that it is standard practice for a mediator to be called in when negotiations last longer than 60 days.

“We’re going to go that route and stay positive and hopefully things work out before the start of the school year,” Notar said then.

Notar is concerned enough about the possibility of a teachers’ strike that he has asked coaching candidates from outside the district how they would react to a work stoppage.

Mrs. Schneider did not address the possibility of a strike Friday, but said the imposed pay cuts “blow things way out of the water.”

Longtime math teacher and golf coach Ernest Falhamer told The Herald last week that board President Joseph Pasquerilla informally asked him if he would cross the picket line during a strike. Falhamer said he told Pasquerilla he would stick with the union.

The district has since decided to actively seek applicants to replace Falhamer as head golf coach, a position he has held for the last 11 years.

Wednesday, the board re-hired Falhamer as assistant athletic director and Ski Club adviser, but did not act on hiring a golf coach. High school principal John Yensick and athletic director Tim Taylor had recommended to Notar that Falhamer be rehired at the May and June board meetings, but Falhamer did not appear on the agenda at either month’s meeting.

Asked specifically about Falhamer’s status, Notar said Wednesday that the board is looking for the “most qualified applicant.” Golf is the only fall sport that does not have a head coach in place for the season.