Batavia Teachers to Get Higher Pay, Cash for Education
Tabor, Terri, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Terri Tabor Daily Herald Staff Writer
Higher salaries, early retirement incentives and bigger reimbursements for master's and doctoral work is what Batavia teachers have to look forward to at the beginning of school.
The Batavia school board and the teachers union have nailed down a three-year contract that both sides say benefit the teachers, district and the students.
Teachers union president Gilda Walls has helped negotiate five out of the last six of the teachers' contracts. This one stood out, she said.
"This one was by far the most productive," she said. The teachers "are in a positive mode. Morale is high."
The new contract will raise teachers' salaries by 5 percent this year, 4.6 percent in 1999-2000 and 4.7 percent for 2000-2001.
Beginning teachers' pay will increase from a current salary of $26,737 to $27,600 this year, $28,300 in 1999-2000 and $29,055 in the final year of the contract.
Top teacher salaries also will increase over the life of the contract as a result of the addition of a doctoral lane to the salary schedule. The most a teacher could make with a doctoral degree by the end of the contract would be $72,459. …