Westville board OKs 4-year pact with union

Westville board OKs 4-year pact with union

WESTVILLE — School officials approved a four-year contract with members of the Westville Education Association that will give most members a 3 percent salary increase each year.

Superintendent Jim Owens said representatives from the employees' union and the Westville school board met only twice to negotiate the deal, although each group did a lot of homework before coming to the table.

"I am very happy with the contract," Owens said. "This agreement is responsible to the district but also recognizes the value of our employees."

The contract makes some adjustments to retirement incentives and bereavement leave, and recognizes further education achieved by support staff. Salary increases vary, based on years of experience and education.

Personnel expenses are a key part of the district's budget, and having a contract in place through June 30, 2018 provides a foundation for financial forecasts, Owens said.

School Board President Shawn Bennett thanked the board and the union for the good negotiation process.

In related business, the board also unveiled a proposed $11 million spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year that includes a $34,000 surplus.


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