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After 20 Months of Talks, Shorewood Teachers Have a New Contract

Pact calls for 3.1 percent hike in compensation; administrative contracts also approved by board.

After nearly two years of negotiations, the teachers union and Shorewood School District have reached agreement on a new contract.

The two-year deal, which covers the 2009-10 school year and this year, expires on June 30. It calls for an average annual increase of 3.13 percent in total compensation. Teachers will receive the increases retroactive to July 2010.

The agreement was ratified Monday night by members of the Shorewood Education Association and approved Tuesday by the School Board.

Under the new contract, there is an average salary increase of 1.8 percent each year with the salary for an entry-level teacher rises from $32,506 to $37,350, while a teacher at the top of the school will earn $76,546, compared to $74,319 under the old agreement.

Under new contract, retirees will receive only 61 months of health care benefits, compared to 96 months under the old deal.

Health care benefits did not change significantly for teachers, although they will have to pay more in co-pay for prescriptions and office visits.

Cash in lieu of health benefits were decreased from $8,200 to $6,000.

“This voluntary agreement completes 20 months of discussions between district and SEA representatives,” School Board President Paul Zovic said.

Zovic called the deal fair and said the concessions in health insurance will help reduce the district's operating costs.

"There were some significant concessions made by teachers... it was fair, it's good for the teachers, it's good for the district," Zovic said.

Unlike some Wisconsin districts, however, McCann said Shorewood did not rush to settle the contract before Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill becomes law. That bill would take away most collective bargaining rights from public employees.

"We were very close prior to this (budget repair bill) happening," McCann said. "It just takes us some time to do the negotiations, there was a lot of back and forth."

In fact, since the new contract will expire on June 30, the next agreement will be subject to whatever new law is passed.

The School Board on Tuesday also renewed McCann's contract through the 2012-13 school years in a deal that includes no raise or additional benefits.

His annual salary will remain at $152,250.

The board also approved administrators' contracts through 2012-13.  The list includes Atwater Principal Tim Kenney, high school Assistant Principal Mark Harris, Athlectics Director Bill Haurey, Lake Bluff Principal Kirk Juffer, Recreation Department Director Deb Stolz, intermediate school Principal Anthony Strancke and Business Director Mark Boehlke.

Wages and compensation will be determined after performance evaluations for those administrators are conducted in August, McCann said.

Jodi Gallob March 30, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Bob is right on. Adam your too young to know what really is at stake here. Until you have a mortgage, children, a quarter of your earnings goes to the government and some wasteful entitlements - you can have an opinion. I am a middle class taxpayer who wants reform of all entitlements, wasteful spending, across the board, state or federal. Taxpayers have the right to a voice if they are footing the bill, correct? Adam look up the Emeritus Law that has gone through the system of late, in Green Bay and was passed...that is what Walker, taxpayers, yes me who gets paid $27,000.00 a year (not $100,000.00) agrees is wasteful spending with taxpayers dollars.
Jodi Gallob March 30, 2011 at 06:51 PM
And no Adam - the Republicans would not have fled. And Republicans as Democrats have to live with the outcomes regarding each other. The Republicans and Scott Walker were there, waiting, waiting some more, waiting to negotiate, it was IRRESPONSIBLE of the democrats once again on taxpayers dollars to cause chaos, kicking and screaming. I feel that the Republicans are beyond a doubt acting with more integrity than the democrats, watch the latest commercials - rude, out of context and mean (give peace a chance?,) watch the town hall meetings -more chaos, the state capital protests - more chaos and vandalism (once again payed by the taxpayers - me.) I'm an independent who believes in Fiscal Responsibility, state and federal wide. Google Fiscal Responsibility - it makes sense for jobs, our economy, our ever accruing debt, accountability of spending and the future generations. No Republican, Democrat, Independent has an issue paying teachers a reasonable salary, again Adam it is the wasteful spending, like the Emeritus program, and many others that taxpayers, the middle class want to be addressed. There is nothing harmful or hateful in that. Honestly, I see a lot of hate from the democrats right now, who are not getting their way. Believe me, I have had to sit through other elected leaders and laws waiting for it to change. We are giving Obama a chance, give Walker a chance.
nancy peske April 04, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Once again, enrollment was up, significantly, last year. An inconvenient fact, I know, but I feel like I'm the lone voice out here noting the flattening then uptick of enrollment. Second, is Shorewood really the only district that's experienced enrollment declines and rising taxes? I'd like to see some evidence of that.
nancy peske April 04, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Joe, citing the exception doesn't make an argument. You can't argue with mountains of statistics showing that people with college degrees earn more than those who don't. Well, you can, but people will think you're being goofy.
nancy peske April 04, 2011 at 10:30 PM
1) So, no federal dollars to public schools? And how do we implement IDEA? If a child has autism or cerebral palsy and lives in a district that can't afford to provide a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment, they just go ahead and break the law and provide him with an inappropriate education given his disability? Are you saying you want to overturn IDEA?

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