Board set to vote on contract with teachers

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By Daniel Laverty

At the June 5 Jeffco school board meeting, the board will discuss and vote on the contract agreement reached by bargaining teams for the teachers union and the district.

The agreement, reached last month, includes an average 2.5 percent increase in salary for teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective,” an increase in pay for new teachers, and class sizes remaining the same. 

It’s unknown how the board will vote June 5. Hours after the bargaining teams reached agreement May 8, the district added the stipulation that non-probationary teachers rated as “not effective” or “partially effective” would not be eligible for raises.

JCEA members were presented with the original agreement and overwhelmingly approved it last month. 

Jeffco Public Schools’ director of human resources, Amy Weber, said the board’s discussion and vote will be conducted in public at the June 5 meeting.

If the board approves, the terms would be in effect from July 1, 2014, until Aug. 31, 2015, which is when the current contract expires.

Contract negotiations between the district and the Jeffco Education Association were held in public this year for the first time. In April, the teachers union declared an impasse, and negotiations were moved behind closed doors for third-party mediation.

For more information, visit www.jeffcopublicschools.org.