Wichita board approves teacher contract

Empty desks.
Empty desks. File photo

The Wichita school board on Monday voted unanimously to approve the 2016-17 teacher contract, which teachers overwhelmingly ratified last week.

The contract includes a $500 one-time payment – or more, for teachers eligible for longevity pay – that teachers will receive in their November paycheck, officials said.

Details of the agreement include:

▪ One step on the salary schedule for years of experience.

▪ Adjustment on the salary schedule based on additional education, known as tracks.

▪ A one-time bonus that is either $500 or an amount equal to a teacher’s longevity payment. (Longevity – the annual raises teachers are supposed to receive beginning in their 15th year – will remain frozen).

▪ An additional $100-per-employee district contribution to the health plan reserve, from $590 to $690 per month.

▪ A base health insurance plan with no premium and two “buy up” plans with monthly premiums but lower deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. Yearly deductibles on the base plan range from $4,500 for an individual in-network to $18,000 for a family out-of-network.

District officials said the price tag of the agreement is about $11 million.

Over 200 teachers rallied outside and in North High School, where the Wichita school board was meeting Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The teachers were protesting wage freezes and teacher workloads. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle)

About 20 teachers from Franklin Elementary School in Wichita walked in to school together Monday morning as part of a districtwide demonstration designed to illustrate how much teachers do in off-hours for no pay. (Sept. 26, 2016)

Suzanne Perez Tobias: 316-268-6567, @suzannetobias