West Aurora teachers get new three-year contract
Beacon-News Staff August 20, 2013 3:44PM
Updated: September 22, 2013 6:31AM
A three-year contract for teachers in West Aurora School District 129 was approved by the School Board Monday night.
The contract, which passed by a 6 to 1 vote, includes an option for a fourth year. The salary schedule calls for average increases of 2.7 percent. Individual raises will depend on a teacher’s personal experience and education, district officials said.
Additional costs to the district with the new contract will largely be paid for from the savings the district will have from a large number of retirements at the end of this school year, said board member Angie Smith, who participated in the negotiations.
“Retirements created an opportunity for us to help pay for new hires and raises for the next three years,” Smith said. “In fact, due to the retirements, the district is projecting that the total cost of teacher compensation in the third year of the contract will be less than this year.”
Smith said the size of the increases in teacher pay during the contract basically amounts to cost-of-living adjustments.
“It is worth noting that when times were tough our teachers voluntarily took a freeze in order to help the district,” Smith said. “Now, it is important for the district to remain competitive in teacher compensation to help assure that our students receive quality instruction.”