Union, WV board reach contract agreement
Published: March 7, 2013
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TOWER CITY - Teachers and the Williams Valley School Board reached an early-bird, three year contract agreement.
The contract, which was set to expire in June 2013, gives instructional staff in the Williams Valley Education Association (WVEA) an average pay hike of $1,500 in each of the three years of the pact. There are 105.5 instructional staff members in the district, with the majority of them in the union, according to Business Manager Homer Knox. (One member is a half-time employee.)
The board on February 28 approved the settlement, 8-0. Director Angela Miller was absent.
"It's a win-win," said Superintendent Dr. Donald Burkhardt.
"The association got a fair settlement for their salary and the district got significant savings on the medical plan over the life of the contract," he said.
Burkhardt said the savings would be "significant", but the district didn't have any hard numbers to relay, yet, from the insurance carrier.
The medical plan will be a PPO, with a $250 deductible for individuals and a $750 deductible for a family. The prescription benefits will be a choice similar to the existing prescription plan, or a new district plan devised by Express Scripts, not adding any additional expenses for the district.
Board directors John McCready, Tracey Minnich, Richard Updegrove and Miller served on the board's negotiating committee.
The WVEA, as of Tuesday, March 5, did not issue any statement about the new pact.