BELMONT — A new bargaining unit for the Shaker Regional School District employees is seeking $117,679 for the first year of the three-year contract at the March 4 annual School District Meeting.
In June of 2015, the School Board and the Shaker Regional Education Support Professional Association entered into an agreement that would bring all but top administrators and SAU staff into a new union.
The association represents five categories of employees at the school district: secretaries, teachers assistants, specialist tutors, custodians and food service staff.
According to Shaker Regional Business Administrator Deb Thompson, the 2015-2016 budget included $84,000 in pay increases for nonunion staff that would only be paid if the group didn't start the process of forming a bargaining unit. Since the notice of intent to form a union was issued shortly after the last School District Meeting, no raises were paid and employees in those categories were paid the same as they were the year before.
Thompson said they began by looking at surrounding districts and comparing the wages similar employees earn. She said Belmont ended up somewhere in the middle and created five separate 16-step pay scales for each of the five categories of people who are union members.
She said the district looked at how many years each employee had been with the district to determine what step each would start at. Initially, every three years equaled one step.
For those who were clearly losing money on the new pay scale, Thompson said they guaranteed a 4.5 percent raise.
She said not everyone will get a huge increase in the first year, but going forward they'll get their increases.
The school district was able to negotiate a three-year contract that provided $117,679 in 2016-2017, $74,410 in 2017-2018 and $73,542 in 2018-2019.
Should this article fail, there is a provision on the warrant for permission to hold one special district meeting if necessary.
As to the total proposed budget, Superintendent Maria Dreyer said the same services would be provided next year as this year at a total cost of $21,745,870 which is 0.25 percent less than last year's approved budget of $21,801,204.
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