New Castle News

Schools

April 17, 2012

Shenango teachers, board OK new contract

NEW CASTLE — Shenango’s teachers will receive pay increases averaging 1.24 percent over the life of a new contract.

The Shenango Area Education Association, which represents the teachers, accepted the four-year agreement April 4 and the school board followed suit April 9, approving it unanimously.

The contract, which covers 93 full-time teachers, runs from Sept. 1, 2012, through Aug. 31, 2016.

The current five-year contract expires Aug. 31.

“I think the contract is fair for both sides,” acting superintendent Dr. Michael Schreck said.

“Both parties understand the financial climate we’re both in. This contract proves the cooperation between the board and the teachers is outstanding.”

Teachers have accepted a wage freeze in the first year. They will receive increases of 1.09 percent in the second year, 1.81 percent in the third year and 2.04 percent in the fourth year.

The contract also includes changes in healthcare deductibles and a retirement incentive.

The current deductible for in-network is $100 for individual coverage and $200 for family. The deductible will remain in effect for the first year of the contract, then increase to $250 for an individual and $500 for family in the second year.

For out of network, the deductible will increase from $250 to $500 for an individual and from $500 to $1,000 for family, also in the second year.

Emergency co-pays will increase from $50 to $75.

Under the retirement incentive, the first 10 teachers who retire in the current school year or the 2012-13 school year will have $9,000 deposited into a health reimbursement account. The money could be used for premiums, co-pays or other health-related expenses.

Teachers must have at least 30 years of service to be eligible.

Scott Sauders, co-president of the Shenango Area Education Association, said, “Heading into the school year, we knew that Gov. Corbett’s massive budget cuts — including over $600,000 in cuts to Shenango — would have an impact on these negotiations. We are pleased that both parties were able to cooperatively confront the challenges we faced to find an acceptable solution.”

Board president Albert Burick said, “Our teaching staff does a tremendous job with our students, and they displayed the same kind of professionalism in these negotiations as they do in the classroom.”

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Schools
  • money.jpg Up through the ground comes education cash

    Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • school.jpg Charter school petitions court with signatures

    The New Castle Arts Academy Charter School has petitioned the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas for an appeal.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Schools wait years to receive state’s share of construction bills

    More than 200 school building projects are awaiting money from the state — in some cases months and years after they cleared all other hurdles of Pennsylvania’s approval process.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vo-tech staffers receive Pride and Promise awards

    The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center’s joint operating committee has presented Pride and Promise awards to two employees.

    April 1, 2014

  • Rich.jpg Official sorting out vo-tech finances

    Second of two parts: The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center is plowing through a financial quagmire with help from the Laurel School District.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo 3 Stories

  • Rich.jpg Overtime pay the crux of vo-tech forensic audit

    First of two parts: Lawrence County Career and Technical Center’s former assistant business manager allegedly logged overtime while on vacation, an audit report shows.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • Audit report details alleged discrepancies

    Forensic auditors examining Lawrence County’s vocational-technical school funds focused on overtime pay of the assistant business manager.

    March 26, 2014 1 Story

  • Audit shows more than overtime issues

    A forensic audit of the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center finances turned up more than alleged unauthorized overtime pay.

    March 26, 2014

  • Letter.jpg Our Opinion: Recording executive sessions will limit abuse

    Whenever governing bodies have public meetings, they often opt to conduct executive sessions.This is perfectly legal under Pennsylvania law — so long as the basic purpose for the executive session is explained to the public and so long as officials refrain from discussing matters in private that are required to be addressed in the open.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • State sponsoring dog license poster contest

    The state Department of Agriculture is inviting  students to enter a poster contest about the importance of dog licensing. The contest is open to all Pennsylvania students of grades 1 through 6, enrolled in public, private or home schooled children. The entry deadline is April 30.

    March 20, 2014

House Ads
Poll

Are you concerned enough about the Heartbleed bug on the Internet to change all of your social media and website passwords?

Yes. It’s always a good idea to change passwords regularly anyway. I just have so many, I’m not sure where to start.
No. From what I’ve read, companies are still trying to figure out how to fix the flaw. The bad guys will just have access to my NEW passwords, too.
Not sure, but I blame Al Gore. He invented the Internet, right? How’s he going to get us out of this mess?
     View Results