New Trier High School faculty members voted Thursday afternoon to
approve a new three-year contract. The District 203 Board of Education
will vote on the contract at a special meeting on Sept. 30. Both groups
must approve the contract for the contract to take effect.
The contract aims to maintain the District's financial stability, while still retaining and attracting high-quality teachers.
residents made it clear in the 2011 Community Survey that attracting
and retaining the highest quality teachers is a top priority for New
Trier," Board President Al Dolinko said in a statement released by New
Trier. "They also made it clear that they want the District to manage
its resources wisely. This contract achieves both goals."
approved, the contract will increase teachers' base salaries by 1.5
percent in 2013-14 an by 1 percent in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school
years. According to a press release by the school, the increases are
comparable to similar districts. Teachers who have not yet reached the
top of their lane or scale will receive annual step increases — 2.11
percent in 2013-14, 1.94 percent in 2014-15 and 1.79 percent in 2015-16.
Teachers with over twenty years of experience will receive a longevity
bonus of 0.42 percent over the next three years.
will also reduce the District's benefits cost by shortening the health
insurance premium obligations to retired teachers by a year, shifting
more costs to teachers who choose the most expensive health insurance plan and eliminating the one percent pre-retirement salary increase in the fifth year before retirement.
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