Teachers, BH-BL agree on contract
BURNT HILLS & BALLSTON LAKE Teachers at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District have a new contract, after two years of negotiations.
The Board of Education also approved the three-year contract Tuesday. The teachers association has about 280 members, who ratified the agreement in late September.
The new contract covers from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014.
It freezes the salary schedule for teachers on steps 1 to 19 for the entire length of the contract and keeps teacher benefits the same. First-year teachers earn $40,180 a year on that schedule and will continue to do so.
But the contract ads a 20th step for teachers with 20 or more years of experience to give them a $664 pay increase, since they’re no longer moving up each year with a step increase. The base salary for teachers with 20 or more years will be $85,104.
On average, teachers will get a salary increase of 2.9 percent retroactively for the 2011-12, 3.26 percent in the current school year and 3.29 percent in 2013-14.
Superintendent Patrick McGrath, who took his post this summer, said he believes the district has never before held its salary schedule the same for four straight years.
The teachers association president praised McGrath’s work.
“Superintendent McGrath injected new energy into this process,” said Mike Mosall. “The agreement represents the fiscal realities we are all facing together.”