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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:00 am

Contract lets SACS teachers pursue raises

Additional education, favorable evaluation can add to base pay

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Top-ranked teachers in Southwest Allen County Schools can add nearly $4,000 to their base salaries under terms in their new one-year contract.

The school board approved the agreement with the Southwest Allen County Teachers Association on Tuesday.

Association President Ryan Henly said Wednesday he was pleased with the process.

“I have to give a big thanks to the negotiations team who helped in developing a proposal and sat through many meetings over the past few months,” Henly said. “Overall, teachers are satisfied with the agreement.”

It covers 449 teachers and runs from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.

Under the contract, the teacher base salary range is $39,000 to $70,750 for new hires.

Teachers can boost their salaries by earning up to nine units. For the 2017-18 year, units are valued at $440 each for a total of about $1.1 million that may be awarded. The value varies yearly and is primarily based on the amount of money SACS receives from the state.

Units are earned two ways – through a favorable evaluation and by pursuing additional education.

Teachers who are deemed “highly effective” or “effective” get six units. They can earn up to three additional units by completing accredited college coursework toward a master's or other advanced degree, or they may earn three units for attaining such a degree.

Units will be applied to the base salary except for those at the maximum salary. In those cases, the determined increase will be paid as a stipend.

Teachers who have been rated “needs improvement” or “ineffective” are ineligible for the compensation.

The East Allen County Schools board also approved a teacher contract Tuesday. It features a similar compensation model allowing teachers to earn up to seven points. In 2017-18, each point is worth about $400 for a total of about $1.4 million that may be awarded. Next year, a total of $750,000 may be awarded.

Like at SACS, East Allen teachers who are deemed “ineffective” or “improvement necessary” will be ineligible.