Harrison teachers will get 1.5 to 1.75 percent salary increases, contribute more to their health insurance, and face additional “step” increases under a new 4-year deal with the district.
The contract will save the district $2.4 million in the first two years and slow budget growth in future years, officials said.
Teachers will get 1.75 percent raises for the 2012 and 2013 school year, followed by increases of 1.5 percent for the last two school years. The contract adds three salary steps, reduces step pay increases, and delays raises for teachers who advance their education.
Teachers will contribute more to their health insurance premiums and pay 15 percent by the 2014 school year.
“We set out to achieve three goals: to maintain academic opportunities for students, to protect taxpayers and (ensure) high quality teaching,” Superintendent Louis Wool wrote in a news release. “These accomplishments occurred as a result of mutual respect and trust among union leadership, the board of education, and the superintendent.”