ETA Contracts Approved by Board; Ratified by Teachers

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Board of School Trustees tonight (9-8-15) approved the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Evansville Teachers Association. This follows the ratification by ETA members last week.

The two-year agreement includes performance-based increases that are the equivalent to at least a 2% increase in each of the next two years. Teachers receive an increase in compensation based upon being rated effective or highly effective in their evaluations, which includes student outcomes on ISTEP.

“We are so pleased to have reached this agreement by collaboratively working with the ETA leadership in less than five hours of negotiations,” said Supt. David Smith. “While other school corporations are only providing raises as stipends, the EVSC has determined a way for the increase to be added to the base pay, which benefits teachers’ overall earnings.”

Beginning in 2016-17 school year, the new base salary for an entry-level teacher will be $36,000 and the salary cap will be raised to $70,000, which should be obtainable over the next several contracts, provided state funding continues to increase.

 ETA President Michael Rust said he is pleased that an agreement has been reached and ratified.  Rust thanked the members of ETA’s bargaining team for their diligent work and dedication.