The Journal Gazette
Monday, October 14, 2019 7:11 pm

Verbatim: FWCS board approves teachers' contract

The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Community Schools issued this news release today:

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a two-year agreement Monday, Oct. 14, with the Fort Wayne Education Association (FWEA), which represents the District’s teachers.

FWCS and FWEA agreed on a two-year contract last year, covering July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. In the first year of the contract (2019-20 school year), the base salary for teachers increases 2.5 percent, bringing the salary range for teachers to $40,078-$70,891 a year. The base will increase 1.5 percent in the second year of the contract (2020-21 school year), which moves the annual salary range to $40,679-$71,496.

In addition, eligible teachers (those rated effective or highly effective) will advance one row on the salary schedule, which provides a $1,175 increase. Teachers with a master’s degree will receive an additional $263 in 2019-20 and an addition $267 in 2020-21. (See Salary Schedule on back.)

The new contract includes a two-year pilot to pay teachers for classroom coverage to help manage the substitute teacher shortage. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, teachers will receive $50 for four hours of classroom coverage when they cover another classroom during a planning period or when principals place additional students in their classes due to the absence of another teacher.

The Board of School Trustees also approved a 2.5 percent salary increase for the 2019-20 school year for employees not represented by a collective bargaining groups, including central office staff and district administrators.

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