Northern York County board approves salary raises in new 5-year teacher contract

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch
Northern High School in Dillsburg, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The Northern York County school board approved a new five-year contract for the district's approximately 240 staff members Tuesday night. 

The board voted unanimously to approve the contract, which will take effect in the 2021-22 school year and be in place until 2025-26. District spokeswoman Evangeline Unti said the board was in negotiations with the Northern York Education Association over the contract for about a year. 

The new contract include an average 3% salary increase and updates to employees' health care coverage, such as increases to their medical deductibles and changes to their dental and vision benefits. 

A news release announcing the approval of the contracts did not specify how much the contract would add to Northern York County's upcoming budgets. The district is currently proposing a $55 million budget for 2021-22, including a 3.8% tax increase. The deadline for school boards to approve their final budgets is June 30. 

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Northern York County is also preparing to transition roughly 200 students into the district from the Dover Area School District on July 1, after a court ruling that allowed Washington Township to secede from Dover. Northern officials previously projected the district could gain about $3.4 million as a result of the move.

Superintendent Steven Kirkpatrick has repeatedly said his goal is for the transition to have a neutral or positive impact on the district's current taxpayers.