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Teachers, Pleasantdale District 107 agree on new contract

The Pleasantdale School District 107 Board of Education voted last week to approve a five-year contract with the Teachers Association of Pleasantdale.

The board voted Feb. 17 to approve the pact, which was ratified by members of the union in December by a wide margin.

ÒThe overall process was comprehensive, supported by all involved and all voices were heard throughout the duration of negotiations,” said Board of Education President Mark Mirabile. ÒThe approval of a fair and equitable contract that will help guide us into the next five years was achieved and we wish to thank all parties involved, especially Supt. Dave Palzet, board member David Negron, and the union’s negotiation team for all of their hard work.”

The union’s chief negotiator, Joanne Histed, and union President Julie Crist echoed Mirabile’s praise.

ÒWe want to thank the board negotiating team as well as the full board for their hard work and collaborative approach during these negotiations. With the contract in place and our new superintendent Dave Palzet we go forward together to provide the best learning and working environment for the students and families as well as the employees of Pleasantdale,” said Histed and Crist.

The teacher’s association represents about 125 district employees including teachers, social workers, educational support personnel and special education staff.

Both parties worked diligently throughout the negotiation process to settle the collective bargaining agreement.

Board members said the dedication and talent of the District 107 teachers and support staff were important contributors to the success of the district.

Since the beginning of the 2015 school year in August, 11 negotiating sessions were held in an effort to hammer out the terms of the contract. The contract is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2015, and remains in effect through the 2019-20 school year.

Highlights of the new contract include:

The contract covers five years: 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. It expires on June 30, 2020.

Salary increases will be 4 percent for Year 1, 3.75 percent for Year 2, 3.75 percent for Year 3, 3.75 percent for Year 4 and 3 percent for Year 5.

Additional professional development will be implemented at the beginning of the school year.

The school board agreed to a fair and responsible insurance benefits package for the staff.

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