Turner board OKs contracts
District Administrator Dennis McCarthy expects the union to ratify the contract early next week.
Normally, a union ratifies before a board, but in the interest of time and getting a settled contract, the teachers waived that right.
“Ratification is contingent on the TEA’s vote,” McCarthy said. “But both parties are pretty hopeful. We’re fairly confident we’re in a place where we’re both comfortable moving forward.”
The district’s offer:
-- Retirement benefits:
In a recent membership vote, the vast majority of teachers liked the district’s offer of an $11,000 stipend per year for four years for any teacher that retires at the end of this school year.
Teachers who retire by the end of next year would get $8,000 per year for four years.
The district is offering a 4.39 percent total package increase in the first year and a 4.2 percent increase the second contract year.
That translates into 1.99 percent straight salary increase this year and 1.43 percent next year. The teachers had been vying for a 2.2 straight increase each year.