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District Employees Will Now Pay Toward Their Health Insurance

Stipulation part of new three-year agreement between the district and Board of Education.

All Wayne Education Association (WEA) staff members will pay 1.5 percent of their annual base salary towards health insurance premiums beginning this year.

The stipulation is part of the district’s new three-year agreement with the WEA.

The Board of Education ratified the new agreement at Thursday’s meeting. Four board members voted completely in favor of the agreement, two raised objections to part of it and President Donald Pavlak Jr. abstained from voting.

Pavlak said that the agreement is one that is “beneficial to both parties.”

The agreement will save the district more than $3.7 million.

Trustees Robyn Kingston and Laura Stiziano objected to the portion of the agreement regarding the salary of WEA President Sean Spiller.

Spiller will be relieved of his teaching duties but will receive a salary for his role as president, his only defined role in the district.

“I believe that this is not the right course of action for our district in our current economic climate,” Kingston said. “I firmly believe that the position of Union President should be a volunteer position and that our tax dollars should not be used in any way to fund this position.”

The approximately 1,200 employees the WEA represents will be paid $56.8 million in base salaries for the 2011-2012 school year.

The agreement changes the percentage of annual increase for salaries.

Under the previous agreement, a staff member moved up one step on the salary guide each year, at a 7.8 percent increase over a three-year period. Under the new agreement, the board has agreed to pay a 5.75 percent increase over the next three years, or less than a 2 percent average annual increase throughout the course of the agreement.

The district will receive 4.5 percent of the salary increase back through health premium reimbursements from the WEA, making the net increase to the district 1.25 percent throughout the course of the agreement. Officials estimate the district could collect $946,000 annually, based on base salaries paid, in insurance premiums.

Stipends for athletic coaches and co-curricular activities will be frozen at their current amounts for the life of the agreement. 

The agreement also gives the district the right to examine the possibility of going from a nine-period day in the middle and high schools to an eight-period day. Interim Superintendent Michael Roth said the district could save $1.5 million annually if the move is made. Officials are examining making the change for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Officials proposed the change for the upcoming school year but it was rejected.

The WEA represents approximately 1,200 employees including teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, secretaries and paraprofessionals.

raised in wayne September 24, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Lynn-try working as a hospital nurse...weekends, holidays, night shifts, no snow days, year-round work, NO TENURE! These are people who are in a profession for the right reason! (They also pay a lot more than 1.5% of their salary for health benefits). I used to be one, and admire those who are truly committed to helping others.
Lynn September 24, 2011 at 09:57 PM
I am FED UP with people bashing teachers !!! Who paid for your education ?? Teachers had lower pay for years and no one said anything....now that they are finally making what they are worth as professionals,Now, they are over paid ??? After years in college and many degrees later not even making 100,000 as other college grads make when they get out of college in their first year..!!! They don't even have a hour lunch break !!! Just give them a break for their profession !!!, they are the ones who are teaching your kids how to read and write PLUS HOW TO BEHAVE !!!! When was the last time you were in a high school hall way ?????
Lynn September 24, 2011 at 10:04 PM
PS How much does a nurse make ?? Then check how much a teacher earns ??? !! Big difference...........Teachers should get combat pay !!!!!!
raised in wayne September 24, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Not really, Lynn-I am sure if you compared a year-round salary to the 3/4 year that teachers work (not to mention that school is only in session 7 hours/day, during which there is a lunch period (even though it may not be an hour), the salary is reasonable. It is a shame that you feel teachers should get combat pay-maybe you should be in a different profession. I am not bashing teachers, there are good and bad, as in any profession. What does your comment, "Who paid for your education??" mean? My parents' taxes paid though high school and I paid for my nursing education.
Lynn October 06, 2011 at 11:12 AM
Fed Up, Have you ever taught a high school class ??? How can you even comment about a teacher to a nurse ?? And teachers do not get paid in the summer !!! I'm Fed up with people who don't know what they are talking about !!! PS I am not a teacher either.... I just appreciate them for what they do each day !!!

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