Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 Written by NATE SMITH
Teachers and staff at Benjamin Logan Schools will receive raises and step increases for the first time in nearly five years.
And the district doesn’t intend to seek additional levy funds in November with the dawn of a more stable fiscal outlook, the board announced Monday during a regular meeting.
School board members approved a negotiated three-year contract with the Benjamin Logan Education Association effective July 1 through June 30, 2017.
Teachers will receive step increases beginning next year, and will get 1.5 percent raises in 2016 and 2017, according to the agreement.
The same salary schedule was also approved for classified and central office employees and for administrators.
The previous two-year agreement included neither step increases nor raises. The agreement before that, a two-year accord between 2010 and 2012, allowed for no increases in the first year, but did allow for half-percent raises in 2011.
Board members also approved an updated five-year forecast from Treasurer Robert Kuenhle, who said higher agricultural land values have meant substantially more money for the district.
Agricultural land value within the Benjamin Logan school district is worth more than $104 million combined, the treasurer said, and increased about 56 percent since the previous valuation.
That increase meant about another $400,000 to the district’s general fund.