Cheltenham board negotiates contracts
The Cheltenham School Board approved a new contract negotiated with administrators at its meeting Oct. 9. The contract, which has slight changes to the previous contract, was negotiated by the Cheltenham Association for School Supervisors and Administrators, members of the district’s business department and school board members.
“These are always difficult negotiations,” board member gim Butt said. “These have to be a winwin.”
Changes in the CASSA contract include eliminating personal day buy-backs, in which the administrators can be reimbursed by the district for unused personal days, and family emergency days. fnstead, administrators will receive additional sick days for family emergencies, vacation day buy-backs and an annual increase of 1.9 percent. According to Business janager jatthew jalinowski, the way salaries will be set up, administrators will not reach their maximum salaries until their seventh or eighth year in the position. The administrators’ retirement plan changed as well, requiring a 2 percent to 4 percent contribution that will be matched by the school district.
jalinowski said there are a total of 25 administrators in the school district, but only four will fall under the new CASSA contract. The other administrators are not part of CASSA and are not affected by the new contract.
jalinowski also said that compared to other school districts the administrators’ overall salaries are lower, saying they were “below average.” The salaries of the four administrators affected by the negotiations are based on the average salaries of all jontgomery County school district administrators in the 2011-12 school year, jalinowski said, and the maximum salaries that could be earned range from about A108,000 to A169,000.
The new contract will begin guly 1, 2013, and be valid until gune 30, 2016.