District, Teachers Agree to Contract

District, Teachers Agree to Contract
Posted on 05/13/2021
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The South Park School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a five-year collective bargaining agreement between the district and the South Park Education Association at the Board of Directors’ regular meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021. Members of the South Park Education Association approved the pact in late-April.

The new contract will expire on August 31, 2025. Teachers had been working under the terms of the previous contract which expired on August 31, 2020. The negotiation process between the district and the South Park Education Association began in early 2020.

The new agreement includes a salary freeze for all teachers in the first half of the 2020-2021 school year and incremental salary increases over the life of the contract. The pact maintains 15 steps in the salary schedule. The salary for a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree will be $46,000 in the first year of the contract and $48,000 in the final year. The salary for a teacher with a master’s degree at the top of the district’s salary scale will be $96,350 in the first year of the contract and $98,600 in the final year.

Under the agreement, the work year for teachers’ remains 191 days. Teachers will now contribute 10% of the district’s cost for their healthcare insurance.

“This contract is the result of collaboration and cooperation between the district and the members of the South Park Education Association,” said South Park superintendent Wayne Gdovic. “South Park teachers are critical to student success. This agreement recognizes their extraordinary efforts, constant professionalism and unwavering dedication to the district’s mission while remaining fiscally responsible to township taxpayers. As we begin to prepare for a much more traditional school year in the fall, this contract ensures an uninterrupted education for South Park students.”

As of May 2021, the South Park Education Association represents 130 teachers.


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