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Frankfort SD 157C has new teacher contract

Updated: May 19, 2014 2:06PM



The Frankfort School District 157C Board has approved a two-year agreement with the Frankfort Teachers’ Association, including pay raises of about 3 percent each year and more cost sharing regarding health insurance coverage.

On April 9, 78 percent of teachers voting agreed to the contract, and the school board ratified it on Monday.

Teachers will get a 3 percent raise for next school year and a raise for the 2015-16 school year based on the 2014 Consumer Price Index, or in the range of 2.5 percent to 3 percent.

The contract also provides for “educational advancement” raises for hours earned toward advanced degrees, and extracurricular stipends will increase by 1.5 percent for 2014-15 and remain there for 2015-16.

As for health insurance, employees will pay an 6 percent more for single coverage and slightly more for family coverage.

The school district’s contributions into an employee’s Health Savings Account were increased by $500 to $1,000 depending on the HSA plan option, and a $500 incentive will be paid to those declining health insurance as long as proof of alternate coverage is provided.

“This contract demonstrates the board’s respect for our teachers. Providing a fair contract helps attract and maintain the most talented people for the job,” board president Christopher McFadden said in a news release.

“The Frankfort Teachers’ Association was committed to working with the school board to reach a financial package that both believe to be fair,” union president Kellie Aranowski said in the release.

Prior to the expiration of the contract, a salary structure/salary schedule committee will be established to determine the teachers’ salary structure for the 2016-17 school year and beyond, according to the release.



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