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Teachers forego raises thru 2016

Alissa Widman Neese • Oct 17, 2013 at 8:40 AM

At a meeting this past week, board members approved a threeyear contract between EHOVE Career Center’s administrators and its teachers union, effective from the current school year until July 31, 2016.

The contract’s major changes include base salary freezes for all teaching employees.    It also includes a new insurance plan with a 1 percent increase in insurance costs each year, but an overall cost savings, as the current plan’s costs would have increased in 2016.

The contract’s salary freezes will likely save the district about $351,500 each year, treasurer Larry Hanneman said. The district’s budget is about $13.5 million. It’s projected to finish the current school year with an $8,000 surplus and $4.75 million in reserve cash.

“Our teachers recognized a lot of our colleagues in the area are taking freezes and they’re also being cognizant of what’s happened to many districts financially,” Hanneman said. “We do have some carryover, but that can be gone in a heartbeat. We’re pleased the teachers are looking at the long-term benefits and health of our district.”

In his 26 years with the district, Hanneman said he’s never recalled teachers agreeing to give up base pay increases.

“I’m proud to lead the EHOVE teaching staff,” said James Linder, EHOVE teachers union president. “They’ve proven their commitment to EHOVE and the community with their vote. They give of themselves every single day to ensure our students’ individual success.”

The career-technical center employs 59 teachers, with most working full time and a few working part time.

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