USD 501, Teachers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Teachers in Topeka's USD 501 may see a four percent pay raise this school year.

The raise is on the main points of a tentative agreement reached between USD 501 administrators and the district's teachers union Tuesday.

The agreement also raises the starting teacher salary to just over $34,500 a year; includes pay for some elementary extra duty activities;
the ability to share up to 2 days of sick/personal leave; and any change in the alternate daily schedule at topeka high during the 2009-2010 school year would be collaboratively developed by teachers and administrators.

The agreement must now be ratified by teachers and by the USD 501 Board of Education.

Release from USD 501
The USD 501 District IBB (Interested Based Bargaining) Team, comprised of District administrators and members of NEA-Topeka, has reached a tentative agreement for the 2008-2009 school year. The main points of the tentative agreement are:

1. An average 4.0% increase in the total compensation package. Included is an additional $1,026 to the starting teacher salary and each step in the salary schedule. This will bring the starting salary up to $34,597. Additionally, each bargaining unit member off scheduled will receive a $1,026 increase. Also included in the increased package is an additional $21.04 a month insurance payment by the District. With this increase, Topeka Public Schools will continue to have the highest starting package in Shawnee County. The total starting package if salary and fringe benefits will be $39,359.
2. Pay for some elementary extra duty activities increased from $7.27 to $13.50 an hour.
3. Qualifying teachers will now be allowed to share up to 2 days of sick/personal leave with any classified or certified employee instead of just to certified employees.
4. Two subcommittees of the IBB Team will be established during the school year. One committee will help clarify the terms “catastrophic” and “life threatening” as they relate to sick leave sharing language contained in the agreement. The other committee will study the idea of a potential “sick leave bank.”
5. A Memorandum of Understanding was reached concerning the Topeka High School class schedule. In the plan, Topeka High School may proceed with implementation of an alternate daily schedule for the 2009-2010 school year. Any change in the schedule will be collaboratively developed by building teachers and administrators.


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