Board Approves Teacher Contract/Pay Raise

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.”

 NEA-T President Jeremy Gibson said, " On behalf of every NEA-Topeka member, I want to congratulate both sides of the Interest Based Bargaining team in working together in bringing to the bargaining unit a contract to ratify.  In addition to maintaining the top base salary/benefit package in Shawnee County, the 2013-2014 year will create early release time for elementary teachers to collaborate on effective strategies to increase student learning."

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.

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