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.”