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Eudora teachers reach contract agreement with school district

The Eudora National Education Association and district representatives reached tentative agreement Wednesday on the teachers' contract for the 2009-2010 school year.

July 23, 2009

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The Eudora National Education Association and district representatives reached tentative agreement Wednesday on the teachers' contract for the 2009-2010 school year.

The ENEA had hoped for a $500 raise to the base salary of $34,400 — in part, because health insurance is expected to increase by as much as 32 percent.

Anticipating further cuts to the amount of state aid per pupil, the board previously proposed a salary freeze but softened that stance Wednesday to allow merit- and experience-based raises.

Robert Sailler, ENEA co-president who teaches English at Eudora Middle School, said the contract was a reflection of cuts made by the Kansas Legislature last spring.

The union and district had informal meetings in recent months to hash out various topics. However, they delayed formal negotiations until they had a clearer picture of the state's finances.

The agreement will be official when the board and teachers vote to approve it.

Comments

KSManimal 5 years, 5 months ago

At $34,400 a teacher would have no trouble supporting a family; because the kids would qualify for Federal Free/Reduced lunches!

And we wonder why we can't attract and retain people in the teaching profession.

KSManimal 5 years, 5 months ago

Well, cheeseburger, they kinda did....but not in a way anyone outside the system would understand.... (remember, it's the JW reporting - HA!).

"merit and experience-based raises" means movement on the existing salary matrix, but not increasing the dollar amount in any of the cells on the matrix. Most districts have a salary schedule consisting of rows (placement by years of teaching) and columns (placement by college education). For example, a beginning teacher would be on the first row (year 1) and the first column (BS degree). Someone who'd been around a while might be on the top row (for number of years) and the far column (MS + 60 hours, or Ph.D.).

What Eudora is doing is moving folks down a row and, if they've earned enough credit hours to qualify, over a column. A "freeze" would mean you stay in the same row/column as last year.

jayhawkzrule 5 years, 5 months ago

Give me a break. I know this is going to upset lots of people, but teacher's are NOT underpaid. Let's take the starting salary of $34,400 for Eudora. That seems low, until you consider the fact that teachers only work about 75% of the year (at most). Prorating that $34,400 out to a full year means that the starting teacher is making proportionally $45,867 - that is pretty darn good for a person straight out of college (not to mention the benefits and self-congratulations that no other profession receives [when was the last time we had "Celebrate any other profession other than teachers Day"?]).

And let's just be honest, a BS in education isn't exactly a degree in engineering, chemistry, etc.

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