Summit School District teachers get 3 percent pay increase on average
Summit School District teachers will see a pay raise next school year, with $610 added to all salaries.
The school board approved the raise among other negotiation agreements during the board meeting Tuesday, May 12.
The district’s negotiating team met April 28 and 29. The team’s 12 members included representatives from six schools, three district administrators, a school board member, a teacher’s union representative and a facilitator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
School board member J Kent McHose said at a board meeting April 28 that the team spent about six or seven hours during the first day of negotiations talking about how to incentivize staff members from using all 12 days of sick and personal leave to keep teachers in class with their students. The group wasn’t able to reach an agreement.
The team decided to increase salaries by an average of 3 percent, which is 1.9 percent for moving through the salary schedule and 1.1 percent for the $610 across-the-board increase.
Teacher salaries will start at $39,391 for zero years of experience and no graduate-level coursework beyond the teaching credential. The highest salary will be double that amount, $78,782, which a teacher could make with 26 years of experience and 144 hours of graduate-level coursework.
Other school district administrators and support staff also will receive 3 percent salary increases.
District superintendent Heidi Pace’s contract was approved and extended at a board meeting April 14. She also received the 3 percent increase, bumping her salary to about $182,100.
The average salary increase has decreased over the last two years. It was 3.2 percent for the 2014-15 year and 4.25 percent the year before. In 2012-13, teacher salaries were raised an average of 2 percent, up from zero percent in the 2011-12 school year, when salaries were frozen for a year.
The district’s director of human resources, Trisha Forman, said depending on budget constraints the district is planning to increase the starting teacher salary to $40,000 for the 2016-17 school year.
For benefits, the negotiating team noted that the district’s costs for health insurance have risen by $400,000, so the district will pay $300,000 more in premium contributions while employees will pay $100,000.
For full-time employees, the district will increase its monthly contribution from $380 to $455 for health insurance and from $35 to $40 for dental insurance. The employee’s full-time, monthly contribution will increase by $10 for individual coverage, $20 for individual and spouse coverage and $30 for family coverage. Employee dental insurance contributions won’t change.
Like this year, the team will negotiate only salary and benefits next year, and then in 2017 the entire contract will be open to negotiation.
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