Contracts with three school district labor unions whose agreements were going to expire on June 30 were extended at Monday's Board of Education meeting.
▪ The contract with the Scotia-Glenville Administrators' Association, which represents principals and academic heads, was extended to June 30, 2013. They will receive a 3% pay increase. Here's the agreement. (PDF)
▪ The contract with the Scotia-Glenville Secretarial Association, which represents secretaries in the six school buildings, bus garage, district office and business office, was extended to June 30, 2014. They will receive a 2% pay increase in both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Here's the agreement. (PDF)
▪ The contract with the Scotia-Glenville Teachers' Association School Aides and Monitors was extended to June 30, 2014. They will receive a 2% pay increase in both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Here's the agreement. (PDF)
Two of these groups - the administrators and secretarial association - agreed to each take an unpaid furlough day during the 2012-13 school year. That will save the school district about $7,500 during the year. In addition, the Scotia-Glenville Teachers' Association (SGTA) approved a one-day without pay agreement that will save an additional $85,000 during the 2012-13 school year.
Superintendent Susan Swartz noted that, with millions of dollars in budget reductions over the past three years, every union has lost members but the same level of work remains every day. "I know that all of our folks are working harder to meet the needs of our children because there are simply fewer people to provide those services," she said.
She noted, particularly, that some administrators are doing double duty again next year. For example, Academic Head of Science Randy Jenkins will also become Academic Head of Mathematics after July 1 and Academic Head of Social Studies Martin Ziac will also become the music department supervisor. During this school year, Curriculum and Assessment Director Maureen Long also served as Glen-Worden principal while Athletic Director John Geniti also served as Lincoln principal. Those extra responsibilities were assumed without additional pay to those individuals.
In 2010, the administrators, secretaries and other unions agreed to restructure their health insurance options to save the school district money.
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.
For more information, contact Superintendent
Susan Swartz at 382-1215 or
Robert Hanlon, Communications, at 386-4343