New pact for secretaries

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:49 PM

The school board recently approved a one-year contract for the district’s secretaries association. The renewal calls for wage freezes and insurance concessions.

Assistant Superintendent Scott Grimes said insurance concessions will save the district about $10,000.

The district and association met once this summer to negotiate the new pact.

Grimes said school officials appreciate the association’s cooperation during difficult financial times.

“Everyone is trying to do what’s best for kids and the school,” he said.

Superintendent Keith Konarska said they also appreciate the association’s understanding regarding K-12 state funding at 2005-06 levels.

“They are an outstanding group of employees, and it is only because of this type of cooperation that we have maintained the quality of our student programs,” he said.

Last month, the school board approved a one-year contract renewal for nearly 300 staff members — including principals, district directors and non-association staff such as paraprofessionals, classroom aides and playground assistants. The contract called for a pay freeze and paying 20 percent of health care benefits.

The board also approved a three-year contract renewal for Konarska and a two-year contract renewal for Grimes. Konarska’s pay will be frozen for the first two years and Grimes’ for the first year.

The district remains in negotiations with the Grand Haven Education Association and the local 517M employee groups, whose contracts expire Aug. 22 and June 30, respectively.

About 56 percent, or nearly $34.5 million, of the district’s overall 2014-15 budget is allocated for wages.


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