Monticello school board OKs union contract

Monticello school board OKs union contract

MONTICELLO — Teachers, cafeteria personnel and custodians have agreed to a four-year contract agreement with the school district.

The Monticello Education Association approved the contract on May 2, and the school board made it official at its meeting this week. Tentative agreement was reached at a negotiating session April 24.

The agreement includes raises of 1.4 percent each year for teachers, increases starting salaries by $600 the first three years and $700 in the final one, and increases the health insurance premium cap incrementally to $575 in the fourth year.

Salary increases for cooks will be frozen the first year, then see 3 percent increases each year after.

MEA President Nichole Gladish said the union approved the contract by a 4-to-1 margin and feels it is a "fair and responsible" document.

School board member Chris Carr was impressed with the interest-based bargaining technique that was used during negotiations.

"This is the second contract we have negotiated with the interest-based bargaining method and have found that to be really an enriching experience, once that works well for our district. It has really served us well," said Carr.

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