Milaca teachers sign contract

Members of the Milaca School Board ratified a two-year contract with district teachers at the board’s Sept. 18 meeting that will result in a 4.97 percent increase over two years.

The contract is for last school year and this school year. The percentage for the first year is 2.4 percent, the second year 2.57 percent.

For the 2011-12 year the district’s approximately 120 teachers will retroactively get step and lane changes.

Step changes are for years of experience and lane changes are for additional course credits or degrees.

In the 2012-13 year the salaries of each teacher will be frozen (no step or lane changes) but each teacher will get a flat payment of $1,000.

There are no increases in contributions for health or life insurance premiums for either year.

Part of the agreement also says that beginning with the 2013-14 school year, no new teachers hired will be eligible for post-retirement health insurance contributions.

Any teacher presently employed by the district will be eligible for five years of a $5,300 payment each year for health insurance premiums, unless that teacher leaves before 20 years.

The amount set aside for those teachers who leave before 20 years will go back into the fund that will pay benefits for those who retire when they are fully vested.