Wichita Teachers, BOE Reach Deal On Contract

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The United Teachers of Wichita and the Wichita Board of Education announce a tentative one-year agreement on the teachers’ contract for the 2008 – 2009 school year. The total value of the compensation and benefit package increase is 5.06 percent.

“This agreement is the best the two sides could achieve this year. With rising health care costs and the pressure of gas and food prices, teachers need more help from the legislature”, commented Paul Babich, United Teachers of Wichita President.

Contract highlights include:

  • 2.90 percent increase to the salary schedule;

  • Raises for additional education and years of experience (“Steps and Tracks”); and

  • The Board of Education will pay $590 per employee for health insurance.

    Interim Superintendent Martin Libhart commented, “I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement with our certified teachers. This allows all of us to move ahead and look forward to the start of a new school year, and the opportunity to continue our work to increase student achievement.”

    The ratification of the contract by teachers will begin when teachers return to work on August 7th. The Board of Education will ratify afterwards.

    Negotiations are still underway with the district’s Service Employees International Union.

    United Teachers of Wichita represent nearly 4,000 teachers in the Wichita Public Schools.

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