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District 289 board, teachers finalize contract agreement

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 21st, 2014

ENDOTA - Teachers filled the Mendota Elementary District 289 board room on Jan. 16 to hear the board formally approve a three-year contract between the district and the Mendota Education Association. The much-anticipated contract is currently being proofed for typographical errors but will be signed by the board upon completion. The agreement was finalized by the MEA on Jan. 12 and the board formally at its regular meeting.

“Both sides were pleased that there was no strike,” stated Sean Pappas, board president, at the regularly scheduled meeting.

The new contract, retroactive to Aug. 15, 2013, will expire on Aug. 14, 2016.

Key provisions of the contract included salary increases and healthcare contributions.

Teachers will see a 2 percent raise on the base pay in the first year and 1 percent raise in the third year. The district will begin paying toward the TRS (Teacher Retirement System) in the second year.

Teachers will contribute to the cost of their health insurance based on a formula that depends on the district’s premium rates. Essentially, teachers will pay 10 percent of the premium for single coverage and up to $1,800 per year for family coverage on the first and second year and up to $2,500 for the third year, plus 25 percent of the difference of the premium.

Under the new contract, teachers will also be required to attend a monthly faculty meeting.

With much relief over the finalization of a contract, teachers applauded as the board made a motion to ratify the three-year contract.

For the complete article see the 01-22-2014 issue.

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