Five months ago parents, students and teachers union members packed the house as the Tredyffrin Easttown School Board debated demoting the most-educated teachers to save money on a new teacher contract.
It was a long, heated and contentious night when the strains of months of contract talks spilled out of the bargaining sessions into the public sessions.
Monday night the mood was completely different as members of the school board and the Tredyffrin Easttown Education Association (TEEA) union shook hands, smiled and posed together for photos to mark a contract settlement on a new two year deal.
Neither side got exactly what they wanted. For starters, it's a two year pact, not the three year contract the district had long said it wanted.
According to the details of the deal as outlined by the district:
The district will save $400,000 in the first year of the deal (2012-2013 school year) but the second year of the deal is aproximately $1.5 million over that in the 2013-2014 school year.
Other major points in the deal (see the pda's attached to this article for complete details):
- Salaries are essentially frozen for two year
- Minimum salary for both year is $50,250
- Maximum Salary (Phd with 16 years experience) is $110,900
- In the 2013-2014 year teachers will be furloughed without pay for four half-days (amounts to about a 1% reduction over teh 2011-2012 school year).
- In 2013-2014 full time teachers get a one time bonus of $2,500
- Tuition reimbursement for teacher education is capped at $290,000 for all teachers in 2012-2013 ad $150,000 for 2013-2014.
- Starting in Januray 2013 teachers move from paying a fixed premium cost for health insurance to a paying percentage of the cost of premiums.
- Effective July 1, 2013 the district will cover same sex domestic partner benefits as it does heterosexual spouses.
- Teacher prescription co-pays go to $12 for generics; $35 for brand-name; $50 for out of network prescriptions.
The full details of the highlights, the contract, and a statement on the new contract by the school board president are attached to this article as pdfs.