The Weyauwega-Fremont School Board has approved a 2009-11 collective bargaining agreement with the Weyauwega-Fremont Education Association.
The contract was approved on Dec. 22 during a special board meeting.
District Administrator Scott Bleck said the 3.8 percent package includes:
? A 2.46 percent salary increase for the 2009-10 school year.
? A 1.34 percent benefit increase for the 2009-10 school year.
? A 2.24 percent salary increase for the 2010-11 school year.
? A 1.56 percent benefit increase for the 2010-11 school year.
Checks to teachers who were under contract for the 2009-10 school year are expected to go out by the end of this year for their retroactive pay.
The cost to the school district for 2009-10 is just under $200,100, while the cost for 2010-11 is $207,700, Bleck said.
The agreement covers the period of July 1, 2009, through July 30, 2011.
The district did budget for the fact that the agreement had not been settled.
Bleck said a focal point of the negotiations was the seniority language in the agreement.
“The Compensation Committee is going to reconvene to make another attempt to establish a new salary schedule,” he said. “If successfully completed, the district will receive the benefit of a new schedule and the education association will retain the seniority language as it currently reads.”
Julie Hendricks was the education association’s co-chief negotiator, and she said the education association is very satisfied with the financial aspects of the agreement and is pleased that the board negotiated.
“I think one of the big things we need to address is the salary schedule,” she said, “because new teachers coming in have a new licensure.”
That will be part of the discussion when the Compensation Committee convenes.
The approved collective bargaining agreement also includes paying those who teach summer school 100 percent of what their hourly wage would be.
Previously, teachers were paid 80 percent of their normal hourly wage.