Dist. 26 Taxpayers Responsible For Additional $146,000
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 1:15 pm
River Trails Elementary School Dist. 26 taxpayers are on the hook for an additional $146,000 between this year and next due to a recent settlement agreement between the teachers union and school board.
In November 2012, the River Trails Education Association (RTEA) filed a grievance asserting the school board violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement, effective July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2014, by “failing to properly compensate RTEA members for the 2012-13 school year.”
The RTEA claims that language detailing salary increases was not included in the current teachers contract. As a result, the grievance was filed, wording in the contract was revised, and teachers will now be paid in accordance with the contract.
“This was a difference in interpretation of language on how the salary schedule should look like,” Supt. Dane Delli said. “The salary schedule was not already published in the contract. The language in the contract was administratively formed one way, and the (union) association expected it to be done differently. So we backed up and re-looked at things.”
The school board on Feb. 5 approved compensating teachers and assistants within the RTEA based on the salary schedule for this year, which was made retroactive to the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. Next school year’s salary schedule is now set to officially start July 1.
According to the settlement agreement, the revision approved on Feb. 5 should not be considered an admission by the board that board members acted wrongfully or violated any of the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
According to the district’s 2012-13 Teacher Salary Schedule, teachers will earn between $38,249 and $87,973 in yearly salary based on education and years of experience.
Assistants this year will earn between $14.10 per hour and $24.32 per hour.
For the 2013-14 school year, teachers will earn between $39,110 and $89,953 depending on experience and educational background. Teacher assistants will earn between $14.42 and $24.87 per hour.
Jeff Bradley was the only board member who voted against the agreement, Delli said.
Dist. 26 serves the northeast portion of Mt. Prospect, southeast Prospect Hts. and Des Plaines north of Central Road.
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