Teacher contract saves $1.4 million

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM

On Wednesday, the school board held a meeting to ratify the agreement.

The new contract calls for health insurance concessions and a salary freeze the first year, and a one percent and step increase for the 2013-14 school year.

Assistant Superintendent of Human Services Scott Grimes said the agreement will save the district more than $1.4 million.

Grimes said he was impressed with the group for diligently working from day one to collaborate with the district.

“We couldn’t be happier with how it came out,” he said.

Grand Haven Education Association members ratified the agreement on Monday.

Union president Amy Cahalan said the two sides were able to reach a contract agreement through fair collective bargaining, despite the current funding crisis facing Michigan schools.

Cahalan said teachers are see and feel the impacts in the classroom.

In addition to the pay freeze that will save the district $600,000 this year and $6 million throughout the next 10 years, Cahalan said, the association has also saved the district about $1 million annually with insurance concessions.

Click on the PDF below to read the full copy of the contract:

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