Both the union and school district praise teachers for tentatively agreeing to contribute $3 m in benefits and incentives. Most of the savings come from a two-year moratorium on certain existing benefits, decreasing the total package cost from approximately $14 m to approximately $11 m.
As part of the tentative agreement, teachers were paid for earning college credits and graduate degrees as well as for Quality Compensation (Q-Comp) work completed over the past two school years. Teachers also contributed to lowering the cost of the agreement by taking a zero percent cost of living increase. In addition, the tentative agreement includes a new transfer and reassignment process that gives teachers more assignment options and schools more flexibility in hiring teachers.
Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson recognized the efforts of both negotiating teams. “This was a difficult and time consuming process that will help advance our academic goals,” she said. “We will continue working closely with teachers to strengthen teaching and learning for all students.”
“I commend teachers for financially contributing to the health and wellness of the district,” said MFT president Lynn Nordgren. “We worked collaboratively throughout this process and I feel that we’ve landed in a good place.”