Teacher contract approved at ACGC
GROVE CITY - A two-year teachers contract was unanimously approved Monday by the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board, bringing an end to negotiations that began in August.
During voting Thursday, Friday and Monday, certified teaching staff ratified the contract on a 54-9 vote.
The contract includes a 0.8 percent salary increase the first year and a 1.2 percent salary increase the second year, which is slightly higher than a contract that was rejected by teachers earlier in the school year.
With benefits, the total package represents a 4.725 percent increase over two years.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Keith Redfield said most area schools approved two-year contracts that had a total package increase of about 6 percent.
ACGC Chairwoman Judy Raske said the teachers would've liked a larger salary increase and the school board would've liked a smaller one, but said she's glad a compromise was reached that the district can afford.
Mike McNab, lead union negotiator, said the contract provides a little more money for more teachers, especially the district's most senior staff who no longer qualify for increases in steps and lane changes.
The contract also includes a one-time $15,000 incentive for early retirement.
The district missed the Jan. 15 state deadline for approving a contract, resulting in a $25,000 penalty.
For more details on this story, see Wednesday's West Central Tribune.