Turner board OKs contracts

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January 15, 2008
— The Turner School Board Monday ratified 2007-08 and 2008-09 contracts with the Turner Education Association.

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.

-- Salary:

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.

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