District 742, Teachers Union Reach Agreement

District 742, Teachers Union Reach Agreement Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Aug 29, 2017 at 1:28 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - The St. Cloud Area School District and the St. Cloud Education Association have reached a tentative two-year agreement on the 2017-2019 teacher contract.

The full news release from District 742 is below.

St. Cloud Area School District 742 and the St. Cloud Education Association are pleased to report that they have reached a tentative two-year agreement for the 2017-2019 teacher contract subject to ratification by SCEA and approval by the Board of Education. Both the SCEA and the District believe that an early settlement will allow teachers and administration to begin the school year focused on the academic needs of students.

Superintendent Willie Jett says, “We are happy to reach an early and sustainable agreement so that we are focused on educating students rather than distracted by prolonged contract negotiations dragging into the school year.”

The 2015-2017 contract expired on June 30th and district administration and the teacher bargaining team worked diligently throughout the summer to develop a mutually acceptable agreement. The team was challenged to reach an economic agreement with limited new additional financial resources coming from the State of Minnesota, with health care costs rising 16% and with having completed significant budget cuts earlier this spring. The key terms of the settlement are summarized below.

For 2017-2018, the terms of the agreement include step movement for all teachers on the regular salary schedule as well as steps on the extra-curricular schedule for coaches and advisors; no percentage increase on the regular or extracurricular salary schedule; a $500 per year increase in longevity pay for teachers with 20 or more years of service to the district; and an increase in the district’s family health insurance contribution from $978 to $1007 per month.


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