Staff to receive 3 percent increase next year following union agreement

Last updated: June 25. 2014 9:14PM - 729 Views
By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com



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Teachers in London City Schools will see a 3 percent pay increase next year, restoring salaries to 2011 levels.


Board of education members approved a three-year contract with the district’s teachers’ union on Tuesday. It specified the immediate 3 percent increase, as well as an additional 1 percent raise for the 2015-16 school year.


The new agreement allows for further salary and benefit negotiations in June 2016. In the meantime, health insurance costs remain stable.


Superintendent Tom Ben and London Education Association President Todd Boyd said contract talks were friendly on both sides — an indicator the district is returning to financial health.


Boyd said about 100 teachers are LEA members. Ninety-six percent voted in favor of the new contract on June 10.


He said recent talks were in stark contrast to those of 2011 when the district faced a financial crisis.


Teachers agreed to a 3 percent cut in base pay that year, as well as a freeze in “step” or length-of-service increases. Step increases resumed in 2012, but were not retroactive, Boyd noted.


Procedures for evaluating teacher performance are open to re-negotiation next year as the state develops additional guidelines.


Boyd said a joint committee of teachers and administrators will evaluate pay for supplemental contracts in anticipation of increases next year. He noted London’s supplemental pay for coaches, club advisors and similar positions is lower than other Madison County school districts.


Also on Tuesday, school board members approved a resolution to place five-year renewal of the district-wide 1 percent income tax on the Nov. 4 ballot. The resolution now undergoes review by the state before final ballot language is approved by the board in early August.


The district first enacted the income tax in 2005. Voters renewed the levy in 2010, according to the Madison County Board of Elections.


Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.


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