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Raises of 3.9% for Woodland District 50 teachers

Updated: April 29, 2013 2:17AM

GURNEE — The Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50 board of education and the Woodland Council Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504 have reached agreement on a three-year contract for the 2012-15 school years.

The school board ratified the contract at Tuesday night’s board meeting. Teachers had approved the pact in December.

The three-year contract results in an estimated average salary and benefit cost of approximately 3.9 percent per year to the district budget. The agreement is within the district’s budget parameters, according to District 50 officials.

This year, certified staff will receive a step on the current salary schedule, in 2014, staff will receive step plus .15 percent and in 2015, step plus .25 percent.

Over the next three years the average support staff increase is 4.8 percent. Insurance changes include staff contributions to single coverage and the addition of two lower cost options for health care.

“The Board Negotiating Team is pleased with the outcome of this contract. We are appreciative of the good, cooperative relationship the Board and administration continues to have with the union”, “Both sides worked well to consider the views and needs of the other team. A three-year agreement permits us to plan financially and allows Woodland to remain committed to excellence for our staff and students now and in the future,” said Dr. Mark Vondracek, board vice president and lead negotiator for District 50.

“We are pleased with the board’s approval of our new contract as our members believe the overall settlement is a fair one, and we look forward to building upon the relationships that were forged during this most recent bargaining process,” said Union President Sharon Anday.

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