Teachers and administrators agree to concessions

May 31, 2012

The 220-member Scotia-Glenville Teachers Association (SGTA) agreed during voting on Tuesday to offer concessions that will save the school district about $85,000 in the 2012-13 school year.

In addition, the 13-member Scotia-Glenville Administrators Association approved a similar concession today that will save an additional $4,500 in the coming school year. The district is negotiating with the other labor unions for similar concessions.

The union concessions are equal to one day’s pay for each of the employees. For example, a teacher’s pay would be reduced by 1/200th of his or her annual salary to equal the one-day’s pay concession.

“We are very happy that our teachers and administrators have stepped up to help ease the school district’s financial burdens during these difficult times,” said Superintendent Susan Swartz.

“As we have tried to maintain programs for our students while being fiscally responsible to our community, the staff here has shown that they are sensitive to the fiscal realities our community is facing.”

The 2012-13 budget was overwhelmingly approved by the community on May 15. That budget included $2.3 million in spending reductions and elimination of 41 staff positions, including 12.6 full-time teaching positions, an elementary librarian and two administrators.

With a last-minute increase in state aid, part of a grade 7 guidance counselor position was restored. Swartz has indicated that the additional funding from the concessions would be used to increase that position to full time next year and may also be used to restore part of an OPAL enrichment teacher.

The labor unions at Scotia-Glenville have come to the school district’s assistance in the past.

In 2010, the administrators and other unions agreed to restructure their health insurance options to save the school district money. In addition, the administrators agreed to split their contractually-approved salary increase over two years instead of in one year.

The SGTA’s current contract, settled in June 2011, matched the same health insurance concessions and provided for a 1 percent cost-of-living salary increase in the current school year and 0 percent cost-of-living increase in the coming 2012-13 school year. By state law, teachers receive an automatic “step” increase of around 3 percent if they are still on the contract’s salary schedule.

"By approving this concession, I think our membership has demonstrated that it is willing to work with the district to help alleviate some of the recent financial burdens it faces, and to help to restore some important programs,” said SGTA president Eric DeCarlo, who also teaches social studies at the high school. “We look forward to successfully negotiating a successor contract with the district next year."

The contracts for the administrators, aides and monitors and secretaries expire on June 30, 2012. The teachers’ contract expires June 30, 2013.

 

For more information, contact Superintendent Susan Swartz at 382-1215 or Robert Hanlon, Communications, at 386-4343.

 

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