The Board of Education Thursday night approved an agreement with NEA-Topeka that will give teachers a 3.4% pay and benefits increase. The action came after NEA-T President Jeremy Gibson told board members that teachers had voted to accept the negotiated contract.
The contract adds two days to the 2013-14 school year and includes a professional dress code. “We are thrilled that the contract was settled. I think some really good things have happened for students,” said Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford. “One is the additional days which are significant over time. I think it also shows how professional our teachers are by adopting the dress code. I think it sends a good message to students and everyone in the community that our teachers are professionals.”
In addition to the pay hike for teachers, the Board also approved a $1,000 a year pay increase for classified staff and administrators. “While we were able to do this without a mill levy increase, it’s really important in tough economic times to look out for our staff and I think the Board did an excellent job of that,” said Ford.