Belle Valley school board approves two-year pact with teachers

News-DemocratAugust 21, 2013 

Belle Valley School District 119 school board has unanimously approved a new two-year contract with its teachers.

Teachers will get a $1,500 increase for this school year, and a 3.25 percent pay increase next school year, according to Superintendent Louis Obernuefemann.

"The Belle Valley Board of Education has taken steps necessary to remain competitive with surrounding districts," he said.

The board on Tuesday also approved raises for non-certified employees and school secretaries. Non-certified employees who earn less than $10 per hour will get a 35-cent bump and those who earn more than $10 an hour will get a 45-cent increase the next two school years, Obernuefemann said.

Secretaries who work 10 months a year will get $800 more the next two years, and those who work 11 months a year will receive an additional $880 this school year and next.

District administrators including Obernuefemann, Middle School Principal Tammy Leib and Elementary School Principal Kathy Goetter will get a pay increase as well in the amount of $1,500 this school year. Two school board members -- Jason Warner and Paula Miller -- voted against the increase for administrators at Tuesday's meeting.

The district's part-time custodians weren't left out as the board approved a 35-cent increase per hour for them as well as education support professionals. School board member Theresa Collins voted against these two hourly pay increases.

The raises for employees at District 119 come on the heels of pay increases for staff at Belleville District 118 and Belleville District 201.

District 118 school board approved raises for teachers, para-professionals, maintenance staff, administrative assistants, hourly nonunion employees, principals and district administrators during its meeting Tuesday night.

District 201 school board members approved new contracts and pay increases for its teachers, custodians, operating engineers and teacher assistants at a meeting Monday.

Signal Hill District 181 and O'Fallon District 90 also approved new teacher contracts earlier this month.

Teacher contracts are still being negotiated in a handful of districts including East St. Louis District 189, Harmony-Emge District 175, Central District 104, O'Fallon District 203 and St. Libory Consolidated District 30.

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