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District approves teachers contract

September 5, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Greater Johnstown School District on Tuesday approved a proposed three-year contract with the district's faculty union that would give teachers annual raises of 1.5 percent to 2 percent.

Superintendent Robert DeLilli said Johnstown Teachers Association members will vote today on the proposal, and the new contract won't be "official" until approved by the union. The agreement is retroactive to July 1 and runs through June 30, 2015.

JTA Co-Presidents Louise Carville and James Morton couldn't be reached this morning for comment.

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The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education reviews a new teachers contract Tuesday at Johnstown High School.
The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich

According to a summary of the proposal, city teachers would receive a 1.5 percent annual raise from 2012-13. Annual raises of 2 percent would be given for 2013-14 and 2014-15. The parties also agreed on proposed 3 percent yearly increases for teaching assistants.

Board President Paul VanDenburgh said the negotiations between the district and the JTA, with the involvement of attorneys, was conducted in a professional manner.

"I'd have to say this was very productive," VanDenburgh stated.

Other provisions in the proposed contract include the following:

The JTA would allow the district to offer its members new health insurance plans as they may become available. CDPHP and MVP would continue to be offered. The district wouldn't "arbitrarily" move members to a new insurance plan without negotiations.

The district would offer members an insurance buyout, provided it would provide savings to the district each year.

Teachers would be offered a retirement incentive of $20,000 to eligible members. The incentive would be offered to all eligible for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, and offered to those first eligible to retire in 2014-15.

One day would be eliminated from the members' work calendar.

Family illness no longer would be restricted to five days per year. Family-illness time would be charged to sick-leave accrual without differentiating between personal and family.

Department chairmen would be paid the same stipend of $2,500 to eliminate inequity between departments.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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