The Consolidated High School District 230 School Board approved a three-year labor contract with the 550-member teachers’ association.
The agreement includes a 3.19% average annual salary increase over the course of the three-year contract. This is offset by the savings of 17 known retirees at the end of the current school year. Coaches and sponsors of extra-curricular activities will see a 0.75% increase on stipends for each of the three years of the agreement.
With an eye on rising healthcare costs, the contract calls for a number of changes to health insurance including a limitation for new hires to the district to take the more affordable HMO or HSA plans only. Teachers will also share in any future increased costs through a greater contribution toward insurance. Wellness initiatives are anticipated to reduce future costs for health insurance, as well.
“This contract is a solid agreement that is both fiscally responsible to our taxpayers and indicative of the outstanding job our teachers do each day in our schools,” said School Board President Rick Nogal. “The contract fits our long-range fiscal plans and is supportive of providing an outstanding education for our students.”
The teacher’s association membership voted to ratify the contract on Wednesday, August 24.
“The District 230 Teachers' Association is vastly appreciative of its collaborative relationship with the administration and the board, an especially respectful and trustful partnership in light of the current political climate regarding unions,” said Association President Michelle Etchason.
“I appreciate the professionalism and work completed by the negotiation teams,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. James M. Gay. “The strong relationships that the School Board and administration have with our staff were evident throughout the process. The end result is a fair contract that is respectful of our staff and of the community we serve.”