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Greencastle-Antrim teachers to see pay increase

May 07, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Public school teachers and members of the Greencastle-Antrim School Board have agreed on a new three-year salary contract that will give the district's 159 teachers slight increases through the end of the 2001-2002 school year.

School Board President Ron Troskoski said the teachers will see a 1.39 percent increase beginning with the 1999-2000 school year starting this summer, 1.33 percent in the following year and 1.29 percent in the third and final year of the contract.

Delbert Myers, teachers association president, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Current salaries range from $33,499 for beginning teachers with bachelor's degrees up to $55,053 for those with master's degrees plus 90 credit hours, said William Needy, business manager for the district.

The cost of the salary increase over the next three years will be $532,120 or 2.36 percent of the district's $18 million annual budget, Troskoski said.

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The agreement followed eight months of what Troskoski and Myers said in a prepared release were "amicable" negotiations. "Problems were addressed and solved throughout the dialogue. Although neither party achieved all of their goals, both are pleased with the agreement," the release said.

Troskoski declined to say what the teachers had requested at the beginning of the talks.

Language and benefit issues were also resolved in the talks, mostly to comply with new state laws, Troskoski said.

Schools Superintendent P. Duff Rearick said the new contract was a good one for all parties. "We will continue to maintain a salary structure that is the highest in the region," he said.

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