Area teachers' contracts approved, raise included

By Juliette Laaka | Jun 09, 2014

Rockland — The Regional School Unit 13 board approved three-year contracts June 5 for district educators, including a slight pay increase.

Teachers will earn a 1 percent raise the first year, 2 percent the second and third year of the contract, according to Interim Superintendent Michael Wilhelm.

For the 2013-2014 year, the approved contracts add about $223,064 to the budget. The 2015-2016 year the figure is raised to $308,203, and the 2015-2016 year is estimated to cost $33,212, according to estimates produced by the interim superintendent. Wilhelm had previously said the cost of approving the contracts could add $400,000 to the budget.

Wilhelm said the pay scale is formatted on a scale of 0 to 19, based on the length of teacher employment. The difference in salary increases, he said, is not consistent as the pay schedule attempts to meld the different work contracts of the former School Administrative Districts 5 and 50 that was approved before the district consolidation in 2010.

As part of the contracts, which run from September 2013 to 2016, health insurance coverage for individuals is paid in full, and 75 percent of the difference between single and dependent coverage.

Contribution to the retirement account will not change, Wilhelm said.

He also said the sick leave bank has been better defined.

Access to the bank is reserved for employees who have suffered a serous illness or injury that renders the employee unable to work for a temporary period of time because of hospitalization, medical treatment,and/or recovery, Wilhelm said.

This specifically means an illness or injury which is unforeseen, requires immediate medical attention, and involves significant bodily impairment.

A sick leave bank is available only to employees who have exhausted their sick time.

The school budget, to be voted on by the regional six towns in the district June 10, totals $27,175,985.

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