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Clinton teachers agree to salary freeze

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ANN MARIE AMES
May 28, 2011
— Teachers in the Clinton School District will work under a salary freeze next year, according to a contract approved this week by the union and the Clinton School Board.

The district also will switch from the Wisconsin Education Association Council insurance to a Dean and Mercy combination and Delta Dental insurance, school board President Rob McConnell said.


The changes will prevent layoffs or program cuts, according to a news release from the district.


Teachers will work under a salary freeze in the 2011-12 school year, the release states. They will get pay increases for step and lane movements, which reward teachers for the number of years worked and the continuing education received.


In the 2012-13 school year, teachers will get a 1.5 percent raise and will get lane movement but not step movement, the release states.


They will contribute the full employee share to the Wisconsin Retirement System, the release states.


Teachers will contribute 8 percent toward their health insurance next year and 10 percent the following year. They will eventually pay 12.5 percent to match what state workers will be required to pay, McConnell said.


Clinton teachers do not now contribute any money toward health insurance, he said.


The district wanted to ease into the increase in the amount teachers pay for insurance, McConnell said.


“We didn’t want to shock the teachers’ pay,” he said. “We certainly value our teachers.”



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