Batavia School Board OKs Teacher Contract

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Batavia School Board OKs Teacher Contract


Byline: Christopher Placek cplacek@dailyherald.com

Batavia Public School teachers will get a pay boost, but they'll also have to pay more for health insurance under terms of a new contract the school board approved Friday.

The board voted 6-0 in favor of the two-year deal with the Batavia Education Association, which represents the 405 teachers, social workers and counselors who work in the district's nine schools.

The union's membership voted Wednesday to ratify the contract, with a "strong majority" in favor, according to Tony Malay, association president.

Teachers are coming off a five-year agreement that expires June 30. Both school district and union officials said a two-year deal was preferred due to economic uncertainties.

"A two-year agreement is about as far as we can predict at this point," Superintendent Jack Barshinger said. "It seemed to make sense to have two years of stability."

Added Malay: "It makes sense not to tie our hands too much so we can be more nimble as we learn what the real expectation of (state) legislation and the economy will be."

Teachers will receive salary increases of 2.35 percent in the first year of the contract, and 2.8 percent in the second year. Those figures include step increases, though the district's salary schedule will remain the same.

The district will pay 20 percent less for teachers' health insurance benefits each year -- a concession Malay said was "palatable" since teachers have been managing their own insurance, and renewal rates have been lower than the trend in the insurance industry. …

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