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Batavia School Board OKs new teachers contract

Teachers to receive 3.72 percent salary increase in first year of contract

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 12:07 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – Batavia School Board members on Tuesday unanimously approved a new three-year contract with the Batavia Education Association, the union that represents Batavia School District 101’s teachers.

As part of the agreement, Batavia teachers will receive a 3.72 percent salary increase in the first year of the contract and projected increases of 2.25 percent in the second year and a 1.6 percent increase in the third year based on the consumer index, Assistant Superintendent for Finance Kris Monn said.

“We are pleased to have a three-year agreement with the BEA that reaffirms our commitment to collaboration with our teaching staff to provide outstanding educational service for Batavia,” Monn said in a press release. Monn was the chief negotiator for the Batavia School Board.

The district also will see a decrease in total salary costs with the replacement of the seven teachers that retired from the district at the end of 2013-14.

The total compensation package for the BEA is projected to increase by 2.2 percent in 2014-15.

Other highlights of the new agreement include the formalization of the district insurance committee to monitor the district’s self-insured benefits plan, as well as strengthening district collaborative committee structures.

The collaborative committees, which include the Curriculum and Assessment Advisory Council and the Professional Learning Advisory Council, are charged with ensuring that the district’s educational services are research based and targeted at improving student achievement.

Also included is the Student Services Committee, designed to enhance the voice of the professional staff who work with the district’s special education students.

“In strengthening the Curriculum and Professional Learning Advisory Councils within our contract, we recognize the importance of having [the] teachers’ voice be a central part of the district’s long-range plan for developing and maintaining a strong, viable curriculum and providing the professional development opportunities needed to implement that curriculum,” said Amy Biancheri, acting president of the BEA, in the release. “And in refocusing the Student Services Committee to be more centered on special education needs, it ensures that we are also providing the best education for all of our students.”

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