I noticed that the Northwest Herald did not report the vote on the three-years of 4% raises passed by the Crystal Lake High School Board on Tuesday night.
The vote was 6-1.
Newly-elected Rosemary Kurtz was the only one to vote “No.”
Just to refresh your memory about what is in the contract, the previous posts will be put below:
D155 School Board to Vote on Teachers’ Contract
Crystal Lake – The D155 Education Association and the Board of Education have been working collaboratively toward a new collective bargaining agreement.
Their efforts resulted in a tentative agreement reached on December 10, 2015. The Board’s negotiating team is scheduled to recommend that the Board vote for approval of the new agreement at the Board meeting on Tuesday, January 19.
The D155 Education Association ratified the tentative agreement on Friday, January 15.
The new contract is for three years and runs July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.
“I am glad the Board has recognized the work done by our incredible teaching staff.
“Our students excel because of our teachers’ enthusiasm and dedication.
“We feel this tentative agreement will allow us to continue to retain and recruit the best educators,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent.
A summary of the agreement includes additional personal and sick days and annual average salary increases of 3.97% each year.
2016-17 school year: step and lane movement plus a .25 increase to the base
2017-18 school year:
First semester: step movement only and, for those teachers who have completed the requisite education credits or degree, a lane change is permitted;
Second semester: step movement only,
Teachers who are not eligible to move step and lane are eligible for a one time $1,500 longevity bonus
There is no increase to the base in the second year
2018-19 school year: step and lane movement (if eligible) plus one-half of the Tax Cap Percentage (based on the consumer price index) will be added to the base
One additional personal day; total of three personal days. Only two personal days may be used consecutively.
Two additional sick days; total of 14 sick days.
“District 155 has one of the highest quality teaching staffs in the State of Illinois. Inspiring, empowering, and nurturing our students is our top priority and our passion.
“We are especially proud of the collaborative nature of these negotiations, and we are pleased that this agreement will allow us to continue impacting our students with the highest caliber staff each and everyday,” said Justin Hubly, D155 Education Association president.
Both bargaining teams agreed to a letter of understanding that will allow contracts to open if there are any major changes to state and/or federal funding.
Two joint district committees will also be established.
One to review salary structure and a second to review workload.
After I received the above press release (15 comments so far) about the contents of the contract from Crystal Lake District 155 last night, I submitted some questions.
Those questions and the answers supplied are below:
What will the starting salary be for someone with a bachelor’s degree?
The starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $46,218.
What will the highest salary be without extra curricular add-ons?
The highest salary without extracurricular add-ons is $116,561. This salary requires a master’s degree with 60 additional hours of college coursework and 20 years of experience.
Does that 4% increase include the cost of increased personal and sick days?
Yes, the increase does include the cost of increased personal and sick days.
What is the estimate cost each of the two years?
The estimated increase for certified salaries and benefits under the tentative ageement for
- the first year is $1.7 million
- $2.1 million for the second year
- the cost estimate for the third year is $2.0 million based on a 1.3% CPI increase
How much of the teachers’ side of the pension payment will the taxpayers pay?
The board paid TRS pension percentage will be the same as the prior contract, 4.7% of the teacher’s credible earnings.