Catty teachers get new contract, pay increases
Catasauqua Area School District teachers are now working under a new five-year contract.
The Catasauqua Area School Board approved the new contract by a vote of 7-0 at their Jan. 17 meeting. The new contract runs from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2022. Newly appointed board members Jason Bashaw and Dale Hein abstained from the vote.
Highlights of the new contract include all salary schedules increasing by $1,000 in the first and second years, $1,100 in the third and fourth years and $1,200 in the fifth year.
Catasauqua Area Education Association Negotiator Jonathan Kiefer said the difference between the new contract and previous contracts include raise calculations.
“Now we are receiving fixed dollar amount increases to our salary schedule,” Kiefer said.
Also, the new contract stipulates the health insurance premium share will increase $5 per month for single coverage in the first, third and fifth years and increase $10 per month for family coverage in years one, three and five.
District Superintendent Robert Spengler commented favorably on the approved contract.
The new contract, Spengler noted, takes into consideration the residents and financial status of the district, and is within the 3.2 percent Act 1 Index.
“This agreement will allow us to attract and retain high-quality professionals while having a minimal impact on the school district budget,” he said.
“The Catasauqua Area Education Association was pleased to participate in respectful negotiations with Catasauqua Area School District,” Kiefer added. “We are appreciative of the support the school board has shown through the approval of this contract.”