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Fox Chapel Area teachers ink extension

| Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 11:18 a.m.

Fox Chapel Area School District teachers have a four-year contract extension.

The school board approved the agreement on Monday night.

The extension runs from July 1 to June 30, 2018. Salaries will increase by 1.1, 1.15, 1.25 and 1.4 percent each year, respectively.

The average teacher's salary in the first year of the agreement will be $81,153.

Starting rates in the district in 2014-15 will be $43,480. That will climb to $45,573 by 2017-18.

A teacher with at least 19 years of service and a doctorate will earn $108,388 next year and $112,482 in the fourth year of the deal.

Other highlights of the agreement include maintaining a 195-day work year and paying an increasing rate toward health care.

Employees will pay eight percent of their medical coverage in the first two years of the deal, nine percent in the third year and 10 percent in the fourth year.

It took a year or so for the district and the Fox Chapel Area Educators Association to hammer out the details and in the end, everyone appeared to be pleased, according to union representative and teacher Ron Frank.

“It's a good and fair contract for everyone in the district,” said Frank, who started teaching at Fox Chapel Area in 1974. “Both sides came to the table in a businesslike fashion and tried to understand what both sides needed.

“We arrived at a fair and reasonable contract for the teaching staff, residents and students.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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