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Franklin County Career and Technology Center teachers get new contract

June 27, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Joint Operating Committee of the Franklin County Career and Technology Center on Thursday approved a new three-year contract with its teachers.

The center, which provides vocational and technical training to students from six county school districts, has approximately 50 teachers who are represented by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, said Principal Michele Orner. The teachers had previously approved the new pact, which runs from July 1 to June 30, 2011.

The center teachers will receive pay increases each year equal to the average pay increase granted to the teachers in the six school districts - Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Tuscarora, Shippensburg, Greencastle-Antrim and Fannett-Metal, Orner said.

No one at Thursday's meeting, however, had the figures for teacher salary increases over the next three years at hand. Center Director James Duffey and other administrators who might have that information are attending a national skills competition in Kansas City, Mo., with students from the center who had won state-level competitions.

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The teachers, most of whom work a 190-day year, will have that shortened to 186 days under the new contract, said Chambersburg Superintendent Joseph Padasak. Orner said the teachers will be required to work an additional 15 minutes each day, or six hours and 45 minutes.

Health insurance will also change under the new contract, Padasak said.

"They're going to pay 5 percent of their premium for three years" and there will be a $10 co-pay for physician visits, Padasak said. The $5 prescription co-pay will be increased to $15 for generic drugs, $25 for formulary prescriptions and $35 for brand name medicines, he said.

Teachers will receive more tuition reimbursement in the new contract, 75 percent up from 50 percent in the current agreement, Padasak said.

The committee also voted to approve a change in the support workers' contract to bring their health insurance plan in line with that of the teachers.

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