The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education and the Greeley Education Association made many compromises but ultimately came out of this year’s negotiations with a new master agreement for the 2013-14 school year that, among other things, increases a teacher’s workday by 30 minutes.
GEA members ratified the contract April 24 by more than 90 percent of those voting, said GEA President David Delgado. The Board of Education approved the contract Monday by a unanimous vote.
Changes in the master contract include:
- Teacher’s workday will increase by 30 minutes to an 8.5 hour day.
- Planning time for teachers was standardized at all grade levels.
- Added flexibility will be built into future academic schedules based on language changes to the contract.
- A new health insurance benefits package for employees was approved.
- Updated language to comply with the state new teacher effectiveness law (Senate Bill 10-191) was incorporated.
- Teachers will be given regular performance and academic steps, as outlined in the master contract, for the 2013-14 school year.
- A performance step in the master contract that was frozen in 2010-11 was restored.
- These two actions will result in an average 5.88 percent increase for employees across the district.
“GEA and the district kept the best interests of students and teachers in mind throughout the process,” Delgado said.
Meanwhile, Board of Education President Doug Lidiak had this to say: “This will be helpful to our teachers and empower our principals for the long-term benefit of our students.”
The revised contract will go into effect July 1, 2013 and continue through June 30, 2014.