Board of Education Approves One-Year Teacher Contract
At its Monday, April 22 meeting, the Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Board of Education approved a new one-year contract for the Naperville Unit Education Association (NUEA).
Naperville 203 administrators and educators determined that a one-year contract was the most appropriate as all parties will continue to discuss school day changes that might be brought before the Board of Education. Future, longer-term contracts will consider these potential changes.
“This new contract is prudent in meeting our current needs and allows us time to determine what, if any, school day changes may be forthcoming,” said Dan Bridges, Superintendent. “By agreeing to a one-year contract, District administration and teachers can continue to work together to accomplish our goals for Naperville 203.”
Collaboration and meaningful communication among administrators and educators was a key component of the contract. The District and NUEA agreed that time was needed to “get it right” to make the best decisions for students, staff, and the community. To keep that discussion going, the District and NUEA will continue to convene the Instructional and Professional Collaboration Committee throughout the coming year.
“Once again the NUEA and the District administration team were able to work collaboratively and professionally to reach a new contract,” said Mark Bailey, President, Naperville Unit Education Association. “This year is very different in that there are so many new and exciting ideas that the staff and District administration have been working together on to meet the changing ways we educate students.”
Key terms of the new contract include:
- One year roll-over contract for the 2019-2020 school year.
- The base salary increase will be 1.75 percent.
- The average returning teacher salary increase will be 3.88 percent.
- Total additional salary cost to the district is 1.61 percent.
“This new contract continues the collaborative spirit of our educators and District administration to improve student learning with the fiscal stewardship our community has come to expect,” said Board President Kristin Fitzgerald.
The Naperville Unit Education Association (NUEA) contract becomes effective July 1, 2019.