Faculty members already ratified labor pact

Rockland-area school board to vote on new teacher contract

By Stephen Betts | Jun 18, 2019
Photo by: File photo The RSU 13 Board will vote Thursday night, June 20, on a new teacher contract.

Rockland — The Rockland-area school board is scheduled to vote Thursday evening, June 20, on a new contract with its approximately 180 teachers.

Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent John McDonald said he was informed that the Seacoast Education Association has ratified the labor agreement. The school board will consider ratification as well at its Thursday meeting.

Details of the agreement are not being released until a vote is taken by the board.

The current contract expires Aug. 31.

The negotiation committees for the board and teachers' association have held contract talks this year without the tensions that occurred two years ago, when teachers went two years without a new deal. Two years ago the teachers wore pins and T-shirts to gain support for their cause, and formed lines outside school board meetings.

The current contract has a pay scale that ranges from $39,425 for a teacher with no experience and a bachelor's degree to $67,625 for a teacher with 19 or more years of experience with a master's degree plus 15 additional credits.

The current contract also has the district pay 100 percent of an employee's health insurance and 70 percent of the difference between that amount and whatever dependent coverage they have.

At the June 20 board meeting, the board will also receive staff changes, including the resignations of Ben Baudanza Sturks as assistant principal at South School, Christa Kratowicz as fourth-grade teacher at Thomaston Grammar School and Shannon Siegel as school psychologist, all effective July 31.

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