MANHATTAN, KS –Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 and Manhattan-Ogden NEA reached a tentative agreement Thursday, July 18th. The teams have been meeting for five months to discuss the contract for the 2013-2014 school year.
Highlights of the new contract include:
• 2.5% compensation package increase
• Increase of $750.00 on the base salary (starting salary for a teacher will be $35,650)
• Continued coverage of the basic health insurance premium
• An increase of 1.5% supplemental contract compensation for coaches and sponsors
• Continued longevity increment increase for this year, but limited after five years
• Returned to the 189 day contract from recent 185 day contract
• Increased planning time for elementary teachers
• Provide collaboration time and additional professional development time for elementary teachers.
• Implement the first step adding a student performance criteria to teacher evaluation
“The negotiating teams for the Association and Board worked very well together to arrive at a tentative agreement,” said Dr. Robert Seymour, Associate Superintendent. “New provisions providing collaboration time and additional professional development time for elementary teachers has been needed for many years. The addition of student performance criteria in the teacher evaluation instrument is also an important change. The collaboration time, the additional professional development and student performance criteria on evaluations will improve the education of students in Manhattan – Ogden USD 383 for many years to come.”
“The teachers’ Association is very pleased with this year’s negotiations,” said James Neff, lead negotiator for the Association. “We look forward to the implementation of the new elementary schedule, which we believe will be beneficial to both students and teachers.”
The Board of Education will vote on ratification of the tentative agreement following a ratification vote by teachers currently scheduled for August 9th.