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Local teachers receive raise

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Teachers in the Fayette County School Corporation will receive raises under terms of a new contract.

The school board approved a new Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Agreement during a special board meeting Monday.

Teacher pay is based on education level, experience and performance evaluations. Beginning teachers who work at least 185 days will receive a base pay of $36,500 under the contract.

Teachers who were employed by the local schools in 2017-18, who worked at least 120 days and received an evaluation rating of Highly Effective or Effective will move one level down the salary schedule. This equates to a $1,000 base salary increase, according to Scott Colllins, superintendent.

“We are also providing a $500 one-time stipend payable to all teachers meeting the requirements for the base salary increases,” Collins said. The stipend will be paid in December.

“Each year, we negotiate new contract terms in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Board of School Trustees of FCSC and the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2205, AFL-CIO,” Collins said. “This year’s negotiations went really well and I appreciate the collaborative and open discussions between the teachers and administration.” 

The corporation’s health insurance premium increased 6 percent. The school board will continue the same cost-sharing arrangement as in the past contract.

Other changes in the contract include the addition of two paid middle school coaches, for boys baseball and girls softball.

“There were also some minor language changes with payment dates for club/stipends in June of each year and there was a reduction from two to one stipend for FFA club sponsors, as we have only one agriculture teacher receiving a stipend.”