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Springfield BOE Approves New Teacher Contract
Springfield BOE Approves New Teacher Contract

The Springfield Board of Education has approved a new teachers’ contract for the upcoming budget year.

“For the 2013-14 school year, the 2011-13 collective bargaining agreement shall remain in effect,” says district HR Director Gina McLaughlin-Schurman. “[Springfield Education Association] members will receive a soft freeze.

Schurman, says the “soft freeze” means there won’t be district wide raises, but teachers will be allowed to move up the ranks and earn scheduled raises for longevity. That’s expected to cost the district $1.1 million, which was budgeted for.

The new contract also forms three subcommittees composed of district employees and Springfield Education Association members. They’ll tackle high school schedules, teacher time requirements and the hiring of minority and special education teachers. The committees will draft a report by the end of the calendar year, and bargaining for the next school year will begin in January.