The Northgate Board of School Directors and the leadership of the Northgate Education Association are pleased to announce that both sides have agreed to a new five-year contract, effective July 1, 2020.
The new contract results in a median salary increase of 3.5% over five years. The percentage increase is not evenly divided across the bargaining unit because the actual pay increase for each teacher is dependent on their years of service and educational level. A retirement incentive has been built into this contract and the median salary increase takes into consideration the four committed retirements at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Any future retirements would result in additional savings for the District across the life of the contract.
Under the current contract (at the time of negotiation), the median salary increase was 4.5%. The median increase in the new contract is 1.0% less than the previous contract, which recognizes the importance of financial responsibility for the District while retaining our ability to attract and retain the best teachers.
An additional benefit of the contract is the conversion of professional development hours previously divided across multiple days into a full day. This will allow the teachers and administrators additional time to work on educational initiatives that will directly impact student outcomes.
The contract recognizes and rewards the excellence of our teachers and is attentive to the fiscal realities of the District and its taxpayers. The preliminary audit for the 2018-19 school year indicates our projected deficit to be lower than expected. This agreement facilitates the District's ability to accurately forecast budgetary needs for compensation and provides peace of mind for staff, as our District continues to provide exemplary educational opportunities to our students.
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