Teacher Contract Approved at Knox Community Schools

Gary Dulin, Jerry Fletcher, Harold Welter, Mary Lynn Ritchie, Kirk Bennett, Nathan Marcum, Mike Yankauskas, Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The teacher contract has been ratified by the Knox Federation of Teachers and the Knox Community School Board and Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the Board approved the contract Monday afternoon.

“Our old contract with the teachers actually ran out December 31st, 2010, so we’ve been working as a status quo contract for the last six months,” said Gappa. “We got together with the teachers and maybe had one of the shortest negotiation that we’ve ever had, but everybody was proactive and in agreement and we worked together. The teachers had a meeting Friday morning and they ratified the contract and then we had a special board meeting Monday afternoon and the Board voted to approve the agreement between the KFT and the Knox Community School Corporation.”

Mr. Gappa was asked if there were any big changes.

“We cleaned up some of the language in the contract article that dealt with teacher evaluation. It had to come out so both sides realized that and agreed to it. Under the new law, calendar dates and hours and times of days actually goes to discussion from negotiations so those sections were removed from the contract and everybody agreed to a one percent raise in salary for the next school year for the teachers.”

The contract begins July 1st, 2011 and ends June 30th, 2013.