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Summit teachers receive raises

Daily News staff report

DILLON – After a year-long salary freeze, Summit School District teachers get a pay bump next school year, amounting to $741 across the board.

Summit School District’s Board of Education approved the raise among other negotiation agreements with the Summit County Education Association, comprised of teachers representing teachers, during Tuesday’s board of education meeting at Dillon Valley Elementary School.

Contract negotiations were held May 4-5, in which officials identified issues, listed interests, generated options, discussed possibilities, caucused and reached agreements related to teacher contracts. The new agreement is effective for the 2011-12 school year.

Other negotiation elements are:

• The service stipend, which recognizes employees that have been in the district for more than 11 years, will continue from this point forward;

• Dollars levied from the November 2010 mill levy will be saved in a “reserve” fund by the board and be used to bridge future financial gaps created by state budget reductions;

• Some “bridge” dollars will provide staff development – eight hours per teacher paid at $25 per hour – focused on district technology and school goals;

• Modifying school calendars to reflect planning time allotments for elementary teachers. First through fifth grade teachers will start school one day late and a day later at the beginning of the second semester for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. One Monday elementary early release will be allotted per quarter for planning;

• Allowing employees to be on leave without pay for up to one year by consolidating parental leave, extended leave and other leave to eliminate confusion in the master contract and district policy;

• Forming a teacher team – including the superintendent and up to two board members – to provide ongoing input and dialogue about instructional issues.


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