The Northwest Allen County Schools board Monday approved a two-year contract that includes raises for teachers.
The collective bargaining agreement presented at a meeting two weeks ago covers this year and expires in 2021. Board members Kent Somers, Liz Hathaway, Ronald Felger, Steve Bartkus and Kristi Schlatter voted unanimously to approve the contract.
“I thought it was a very thoughtful process,” Somers said, referring to negotiations with the Northwest Allen County Educators Association, which represents more than 400 teachers.
Under the contract, minimum base salaries for full-time teachers increase $1,250 to $41,250. The agreement includes $64,000 base salaries for teachers with bachelor's degrees and $70,125 for those with master's degrees.
Salaries for the 2020-21 school year will be decided next fall, according to the contract.
Union President Steve Driver has said teachers are satisfied with the deal.
The last teacher contract was ratified in 2017, when their starting salary was $40,000. The maximum with a bachelor's degree was $64,000, and teachers with a master's degree could have earned up to $68,000.
For comparison, Fort Wayne Community Schools teachers base salaries' rose 2.5% this year, under a recently approved contract, bringing the salary range from $40,078 to $70,891. A 1.5% increase next year brings the range from $40,679 to $71,496.