- Increasing the staff day by 15 minutes beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, resulting in 25 minutes of additional instructional time at the elementary schools.
- Creating an insurance committee in which the DEA will help administer the insurance plan during the life of the contract, which will result in significant savings for the district. Denman said this arrangement will cap insurance costs for the district.
- Giving no salary increases for experienced employees unless rated proficient or excellent on his or her evaluation.
- Determining layoffs/reduction in force (RIFs) by performance and/or experience.
- Discontinuing the 6 percent retirement incentive. The last date to apply will be June 30, 2015.
- Giving an average of 2.5 percent in annual pay raises per year during the three-year contract that will assist in recruiting and retaining the best staff.
Under the new contract, employee salary increases are as follows:
Year 1: teachers, 1.03 percent; teaching assistants, 2.31 percent; and secretaries, 1.69 percent.
Year 2: teachers, 3.47 percent; teaching assistants, 1.46 percent; and secretaries, 1.09 percent.
Year 3: teachers, 3.18 percent; teaching assistants, 3.88 percent; and secretaries, 2.12 percent.
In District 118, the base salary for a new teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no years of prior experience is $32,792. The base salary for a teacher with 20 years of experience and post-graduate work beyond a master’s degree is $70,188.
Also on Wednesday, school board members:
- Approved an increase in student and staff hours.
“All staff will work 15 minutes longer and instructional time will increase 25 minutes for elementary students,” Denman said.
- Reviewed a first reading of job descriptions for instructional teaching assistant, special teaching assistant and CNA/LPN special teaching assistant.
- Approved purchasing property at 310 Sidell St.
The district will pay up to $2,000, which includes attorney fees and closing costs, to purchase the vacant house that is located south and across the street from Danville High School’s Wayland-Young Field.