Teachers will forego a raise this year under a new contract approved Wednesday in the Greater Amsterdam School District.
The agreement with the 300-member Amsterdam Teachers Association is expected to save the district $800,000 through a switch in health insurance provider and teachers will receive incremental raises starting in the 2013-14 school year, according to an announcement from the district.
The switch to a Blue Cross health insurance plan, which cuts $250,000 in costs for the current budget, is among several changes the four-year contract brings to the district.
A new pilot program will add an academic period to the middle and high schools to boost the availability of core classes, electives and advisory time for students while teachers get a boost in professional development time.
The pact, which extends June 30, 2017, provides teachers with a one-percent pay increase next year followed by an additional 0.25 percent each year up to 1.75 percent in the fourth year.