GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education has approved a contact with teachers.
The three-year contract includes 2% to 4.31% pay increases across the board, bonuses for teachers if fall enrollment drops to less than 700 students, and cuts to out-of-pocket health care costs.
The board also got rid of year-round scheduling at five elementary schools, which board president Wendy Falb said scores were showing to be ineffective.
Contract details, according to GRPS:
- A three-year contract ending 6/30/15
- New salary schedule effective April 1, 2013 with increases ranging from 2% to 4.31%
- Enrollment incentive to be paid on schedule if audited 2014 fall enrollment loss less than 700 students as compared to audited fall 2013 enrollment. Incentives range from 0.25% to 2.0% depending on enrollment loss
- Elimination of the 11% premium share on all dental, vision, life and LTD upon ratification of the contract Currently, GREA members are paying 11% of these costs
- Three health insurance plan options effective July 1, 2013
- District continued implementation of hard cap for medical insurance
- No steps are provided in 2012-13 or 2013-14. An opportunity to renegotiate salary inclusive of steps and insurance premium share upon notification of either party by April 1, 2014
- GRPS will continue dues deduction and agency shop through June 30, 2015. Opportunity to amend contract if penalty/revenue is conditioned upon compliance with PA 349
- Five elementary schools currently on an alternative year calendar will return to the traditional calendar for 2013-2014
Falb told 24 Hour News 8 it "feels very good" to have the contract settled.
"We have a lot of work to do going forward, both the teachers and administration, and we need to focus on that," said Falb. "It's nice to turn the page and pull together and look towards what we're going to do to make some real changes."
The teachers union approved the contract Monday in a vote that "wasn't close," according to Grand Rapids Education Association President Paul Helder. They had been working without a contract for about eight months.
The contract will not be impacted by Michigan's right-to-work legislation, which goes into effect Thursday.
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