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Shen teachers union, district approve three-year contract

Shen teachers union, district approve three-year contract

The Shenendehowa Teachers Association and the Shenendehowa Central School District have reached an a

The Shenendehowa Teachers Association and the Shenendehowa Central School District have reached an agreement on a three-year contract for the period of July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014, both sides said in an announcement on Wednesday.

Changes in the design of the health insurance plans were approved, along with an increase in employee contributions to the plans, resulting in a cost savings to the district of about $800,000, the district said.

Teachers will get their typical step increases, averaging 3.11 percent.

They will also receive a small second raise, between 0.25 percent and 1 percent, for each of the next three years.

The impact on the budget is minimal, school officials said.

The three-year, average net increase, in terms of budget impact, is less than one-half of 1 percent, they said. They said it is zero in the first year, 0.41 percent in the second year and 0.51 percent in the third year.

Megan DeLaRosa, president of the teachers union, said in the press release, “This was a long and difficult negotiations process for both parties. We were able to remain professional and focus on long-term goals in reaching this agreement. As we face the upcoming school years, we have important issues to focus on as we consider APPR [Annual Professional Performance Review] and student achievement.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. L. Oliver Robinson said in the press release, “This was a fiscally conservative agreement that was fair and equitable to the teachers and to the taxpayers. We appreciate the efforts made by all parties to reach an amicable solution in these tough economic times.”

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