Apollo-Ridge, teachers lock up 5-year contract
Teachers in the Apollo-Ridge School District will return to classes this fall with a new contract in place.
The five-year agreement, which begins Aug. 2, gives teachers an average annual raise of less than 1 percent over the life of the contract, and requires a deductible for health insurance.
The school board approved the contract by a vote of 7-0 at a special meeting Monday. Board members Forrest Schultz and Rick Fetterman were absent.
Teachers, members of the Apollo-Ridge Education Association, had previously accepted it, Superintendent Matt Curci said.
The union represents nearly 100 members.
Over the contract's five years, the agreement provides an average annual pay increase of 0.778 percent, according to the district.
Raises are 0.3 percent in the first year; 1.19 percent in the second year; 1.14 percent in the third year; 1.33 percent in the fourth year; and 0.07 percent in the final year.
“We did what worked,” board President Greg Primm said of the raise rates.
Information on how the raises will affect the starting and top salaries was not immediately available.
The district will save about $67,000 on health insurance by moving teachers to a plan with deductibles and increasing co-payments.
Deductibles will be $100 for single coverage and $200 for family coverage, according to the district. Teachers previously had no deductibles in their health plan.
The 2013-14 school year will be the last that the district offers tuition reimbursement to teachers, Primm said.
Primm praised Curci for his leadership in getting the contract approved early.
“I was really happy to get it done,” Primm said.
Curci said he's happy that the district will be able to move into the next school year “with this off our plate.”
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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