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Friday, October 25, 2019 1:00 am

EACS, teachers have deal

Instructors of dual-credit classes would get up to $2,500

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A tentative agreement would for the first time provide incentives for East Allen County Schools teachers to teach dual-credit classes. 

New rules for instructors of classes where students can earn high school and college credit soon must have a master's degree and 18 credits in the area they teach. A proposed two-year contract with EACS teachers calls for one-time stipends for dual credit instructors. 

Teachers of the classes would receive $1,000, and those who earned the master's degree by 2022 would get an additional $2,500. 

Andra Kosmoski, president of the East Allen Educators Association, which represents the district's nearly 600 teachers, called the boosts “a big deal.”

“It is a great incentive,” she said. 

The contract, which covers this year and would expire June 30, 2021, was presented at a board meeting Thursday.

Board members likely will vote to ratify the agreement in a special meeting Tuesday. 

The deal includes maximum salaries for new hires of $71,200 and $71,700 for this year and the 2020-21 school year, respectively. The earlier contract listed a maximum salary for new hires of $70,000. 

Superintendent Marilyn Hissong said the new agreement includes a $1,500 stipend for some special education teachers. 

She and Kosmoski described negotiations for the contract, which was approved by the educators association Monday, as without drama. 

“EACS and EAEA believe a fair deal has been struck,” Hissong said. “We had good discussions, and I think both sides heard each other.”

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