Evansville teachers contract changes OK'd
EVANSVILLE The Evansville School Board on Monday unanimously approved changes to the teachers contract to save nearly $500,000 and preserve seven to eight staff positions in the 2012-13 school year.
The teachers union approved the changes by a 4-1 margin Friday.
The teachers on Friday accepted a salary increase of 1 percent rather than the estimated 3.2 percent in the contract approved last winter.
The agreement, which goes into effect March 1, includes five changes to health care benefits, including an increase in premiums from 5 percent to 8 percent. The contract also includes increases in emergency room co-pays and reduces by $820 cash stipends for staff members who choose coverage from their spouses' employers rather than the district.
The original contract was in place through June 2013 and included teachers paying 5 percent of their health insurance premiums and half of their retirement contributions.
The concessions will help the district fill what is expected to be a $1.6 million budget deficit next year. In addition to any budget-related layoffs, the district expects to lay off five teachers next year only because of declining enrollment.