Members of the teachers' association voted in favor of ratifying the agreement on Wednesday. Representatives of the board and the teachers' association remarked that the process was "extremely" collaborative and resulted in a contract that is a “win-win” for all stakeholders, according to a news release from D181.
The teachers' association and district representatives had an initial negotiations planning meeting in September and began meeting formally in February.
The new agreement is effective now through June 30, 2016. The contract includes an increase to base salaries in each of the next two years.
Assistant superintendent of business and operations Gary Frisch said that the base increases closely align to the latest consumer price indexes for the most recent years. The contract also calls for an increased contribution from teachers for family insurance, according to the release.
Frisch notes that one of the most significant components of the contract is the formation of a new committee that will begin meeting in the fall. The Compensation Review Committee will review the teachers’ salary schedule, continuing education, health insurance, professional development, retirement and other forms of compensation, according to the release.