Teacher contract negotiations continue

April 12, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Neither side would comment on the status of teacher contract negotiations in the Waynesboro Area School District but both confirmed the current contracts expire June 30.

Negotiations began in December for the 301 full-time teachers in the district.

District Superintendent Barry Dallara described the negotiations as an "ongoing process."

"We don't comment during the process of negotiations," Mike Engle, president of the Waynesboro Area Education Association, said.

Engle said "one is always hopeful" that the two sides will reach an agreement by June 30.

Dallara said the average salary of a full-time teacher is about $50,000, while Engle said it's slightly less than $50,000.

Not all the teachers in the district are members of the Waynesboro Area Education Association.

"We bargain for all of them. Some choose not to participate," Engle said.

The district funds health insurance premiums of close to $4.2 million a year. The contract set to expire June 30 spanned four years.

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