April 20, 2014

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Midview Schools teacher contract approved Monday

Scott Goggin

Scott Goggin

GRAFTON — A new Midview Schools teachers contract was unanimously approved Monday by school board members.

Superintendent Scott Goggin told board members the contract will save the 3,200-student district at least $1 million by 2017. Much of the savings come from health care concessions by the approximately 200-member Midview Education Association.

Contributions increase 12.8 percent for the single plan and 30 percent for the family plan. There are 7.5 percent increases in 2014 for both plans.

The three-year pact includes a base pay wage freeze in the first year followed by 1.6 percent and 1 percent raises. The contract also includes pay increases based on academic credentials and experience — known as step increases — according to Superintendent Scott Goggin. About 60 percent of teachers will receive step increases in the 2015-16 school year.

The contract also includes a new step category beginning this school year for teachers with 30 or more years of experience, affecting about six teachers next year. The increases will cost an additional $5,305 in 2014 and $6,929 in 2015, according to Treasurer Nicole Spriggs.

Goggin said he didn’t know what the cost of the overall step increases will be over the life of the contract because the increases will be renegotiated in 2015. He told board members the increases need to be more consistent.

“Things have been tweaked throughout the years and it needs a full overhaul,” Goggin said.

Besides steps, health insurance and the teacher layoff policy will be renegotiated. Goggin said health insurance needs to be renegotiated because of the uncertain effect of upcoming ObamaCare-related changes.

The contract was ratified by the association members on Sept. 10, according to Goggin, who said he didn’t know the vote tally. Mary Duffy, association president, couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

In a news release, Duffy said teachers appreciated voters in February passing a 10-year, 9.75-mill property tax levy that will raise $4.6 million annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home nearly $300 more annually.

“This contract is a reflection of that appreciation,” Duffy said.

Midview — which has an approximately $34 million annual budget and about 340 employees — was planning to cut 53 positions and go to minimum standards to erase a $2.3 million deficit after a November levy failed.

Goggin, promoted to superintendent in August, said he was appreciative of the teachers’ concessions given the levy passage.

“They realized that we needed to work together to really help Midview become financially stable,” he said. “It was actually a process that I’m really proud to be a part of.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.