The Saline Area Schools district and its support staff union have reached an accord.
The district and the Educational Support Personnel reached a two-year contract that governs about 300 district employees.
The school board ratified the deal at a special meeting Monday held at the home of Trustee Karen Delhey. The union previously ratified the deal.
Curt Ellis, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, provided details. Paraeducators will gain the most – earning a pay increase of at least five percent.
“We created a new paraeducator wage scale to reflect the complexity of the work they do,” Ellis said.
In terms of wages, the other workers, including bus drivers, food service and custodial, didn’t make out as well. They didn’t negotiate across-the-board wage increases, but did earn two extra steps in their contract which could earn them 1 percent wage increases in each of the next two years. Those steps expire with the contract.
“We’ll see what the world looks like in two years. We don’t want to get into situations that bind us, long-term,” Ellis said.
All support staff workers will join health care plans similar to those offered to the teachers. The school district will pay $5,400 toward annually an individual’s premium, $11,500 for a single-plus-one, or $15,375 for a family. The district will also contribute up to $1,000 towards the health savings accounts of employees who participate in certain programs, such as biometrics screenings and wellness exams.
“We’re very satisfied with our employees and we value our employees,” Ellis said. “We’re happy with this this deal and we hope (the support staff) are, too.”