The Eastern York School District reached a contract renewal agreement with its teaching staff that calls for raises of less than 2 percent each of the next three years.
The current teaching contract expires June 30. The new three-year agreement covers all 191 professional teachers in the district and was approved by the board in January.
The three-year "early bird" agreement meant the district did not have to pay fees associated with using a solicitor or mediator throughout the process, according to a release from the district.
Though the savings depend on how long the negotiations could have taken, the district most likely saved between $40,000 and $75,000 by reaching an early agreement, said district business manager Teresa Weaver in an email.
The members of the association are "satisfied" with the terms of the agreement, said Robert Hartman, the chief negotiator for the teachers association. Hartman added he has been the negotiator for several years, and said this is the first time a contract agreement has received 100 percent of support from the association and the administration.
Contract details: Weaver said there are no any additions or reductions to the number of staff, according to the agreement.
There will not be an increase in the net cost to the district for the 2014-15 school year, Weaver said.
The teachers' base salaries will increase by 0.45 percent next year, 0.8 percent in the 2015-2016 school year and by 1.29 percent in the 2016-17 school year. Some teachers will also receive raises based on experience.
Healthcare contributions from employees will remain the same next year, Weaver said. If the district's healthcare costs increase in the following two years, employees will be asked to contribute more.
In a release about the agreement, superintendent Darla Pianowski said the negotiating team "displayed the utmost professionalism and desire to work with the administration as a team," in order to enhance the educational programs.
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