GH teachers, district reach contract agreement

Krystle Wagner • Aug 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Grand Haven educators have a new contract.

The Grand Haven school board has approved a new two-year contract that calls for step increases each year and a 1.5 percent hike to base pay. There are also some health insurance concessions, said Amy Cahalan, president of the Grand Haven Education Association.

The contract covers the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, and impacts about 380 educators. The previous contract was set to expire Aug. 24.

“We met a number of times throughout the spring and summer and were able to collaboratively work out the details of the new agreement,” said Scott Grimes, the district’s assistant superintendent of human services.

Overall, Cahalan said negotiations were a positive and collaborative experience, and a fast process. She said there’s always “give and take” in negotiations, and she believes collective bargaining works.

Changes to the contract language include the addition of elementary planning time, Cahalan noted.

“We are fortunate to have such outstanding and dedicated teachers in our school district and are extremely happy to have reached this deal,” Grimes said.

In June, the district approved contracts for Grimes and Superintendent Andy Ingall, district administrators, and non-association employees.

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