Penn Cambria reaches teacher contract deal
Educators set to receive raises over five years
A contract was reached in November between the Penn Cambria School District and the district’s education association.
The district’s teachers are set with a five-year contract that provides an average raise of 3 percent per year through 2024.
Salary and benefits are the most substantial costs to the district, but Superintendent William Marshall said the district can manage the increases.
“The negotiations started in October, and the process went smoothly,” Marshall said.
By state law, the association and the board entered contract talks in the “early bird” stages or the fall before formal negotiations were slated to begin.
“The early bird window is an opportunity for the two sides to get together, really just talking stakeholders to stakeholders,” Marshall said.
Neither side employed legal representation, he added.
“There’s no school board solicitor or Pennsylvania State Education Association lawyers involved. It’s a lot easier to speak freely when its just our people speaking without our people. Lawyers make atmosphere more formal,” he said.
“The overall process reflected the attitudes of the district,” he said. The board is supportive of efforts of teachers, and they feel that.
The current contract ends in August. The new contract will commence Aug. 21, 2019 and run through Aug. 20, 2024.
The raise for the contract’s first year is 3.25 percent, then 3 percent for each of the next three years and 2.75 percent for the final year of the contract.
No changes were made to health care options offered, Penn Cambria Education Association President Deborah Baker said.
“We were definitely happy with the raises,” Baker said. “We know the area, and we are not one of the more wealthy districts. In the past, we’ve taken salary freezes when times were tough. This contract shows the board appreciates the time the teachers put in and the scores students achieve on state tests.”
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