Unit Two Teachers Contract Ratified

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Certified staff members in the Greenville Education Association will begin the school year with a new three-year contract.

Association members and the Bond County Unit 2 school board ratified the contract this week.

The GEA held meetings Monday night and Tuesday morning with the majority in attendance approving the proposal. The school board met in special session Tuesday afternoon and passed the contract on a 4-0 vote. Absent were Edmar Schreiber, Nate Prater and Brian Zeeb.

Under the contract, teachers receive a two-and-one half percent increase in the first year and two percent in each of the final two years. They may also receive increases based upon experience and graduate-level coursework.

Superintendent Wes Olson said the first year of the contract will cost $546,690 including benefits, teacher retirement payments and salaries for new positions created for the 2019-2020 school year. He said the 2 ½ percent increase itself totals around $210,000.

Olson said everyone involved is happy to come to an agreement and be able to start the school year focused on the things they prefer to focus on, which are students, families, and getting the year off to a good start.

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Other highlights of the contract are the re-establishment of a mentoring program for first and second year teachers, increases in the district-paid portion of insurance premiums for individuals, an increase in the retirement bonus for long-time employees and changes to the extra-duty pay schedule.

The GEA has 127 members.

GEA representatives in negotiations included Susan Corbus, Erin Haake, Dona Harvey, Tonya Kampwerth, and Ernie Oakley. The school board committee consisted of Randi Workman, Nate Prater and Dr. Edmar Schreiber.

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