Fennville district agrees to small pay increases

Walt Kaechele, Senior Correspondent

Fennville teachers have a new contract as they head into fall.

The two-year deal gives them a 0.5-percent salary increase for the 2014-15 year and a 1-percent increase for the 2015-16 year.

School board members unanimously approved the contract after a closed session Monday, July 28.

The contract adds a half-day for students, meeting the new state required number of days starting this year.

It increased the co-pay on dental and vision insurance benefits for from 8 percent to 10 percent.

The contract also modified the teacher report time to create a weekly collaboration time. The new language says, “Every Monday through the school year, students will be dismissed 25 minutes early and teachers will stay late to work collaboratively in their professional learning communities.”

Board president Loren Barnes praised the Fennville Education Association for bringing a professional presence to the negotiating table.

He said, “It is always tough reaching an agreement, but you acted in a very professional manner.”

For full story, pick up a copy of the Aug. 7 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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