The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

July 3, 2013

Medina ratifies new teacher contract

STAFF REPORTS
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — The Medina Board of Education unanimously approved a new two-year agreement with the Medina Teachers Association on Monday. The agreement took effect Monday (July 1) and runs through June 30, 2015.

It includes a 1.5 percent average salary increase, exclusive of step movement. In addition, the MTA also agreed to pay higher health insurance premiums to help manage the rising costs of health care insurance. This health care change amounts to a projected savings of approximately $770,000 over the life of the agreement.

Also included in the agreement are two additional work days during the 2013-2014 school year, and three additional work days during the 2014-2015 school year. These days may be used for professional development and/or increased instructional time for students.

“I would very much like to thank the leadership of the Teachers’ Association for the professional approach to these talks and to the recognition that these are very different and difficult financial times,” said Medina Superintendent Jeffrey Evoy. 

“This agreement demonstrates that the Medina Teachers’ Association acknowledged and addressed changes to the existing contract, which will move the district forward in reaching our students’ goals,” stated MTA President Joe Byrne. “Through the negotiations process, our number one priority was to maintain present – and ensure future – programs for our students.”

Evoy concluded, “This agreement will allow the District to move forward in a financially responsible manner, rewarding unit members for their efforts while keeping students and student learning as its top priority.”