The Oregon-Davis School Corporation has approved the master teacher agreement for the 2016/17 school year.
During Monday night’s OD School Board meeting, the contract was presented – which was considered quite similar to the previous year’s document. Superintendent Don Harman says there were a few expectations set up at the start of the contract talks.
“Negotiations didn’t take a lot of time, obviously,” says Harman. “Mr. Dermody did a great job laying the foundation that there would be no raises.”
Jim Dermody was the interim superintendent at Oregon-Davis prior to Harman’s hiring.
Discussions were considered productive from the administration’s perspective. Changes in the teacher agreement this year was funding for ECA’s, or extracurricular activities. Revenue for that was absorbed for certain positions that have not been filled by the Oregon-Davis School Corporation and redistributed for other purposes.
Among them was the hiring of a media specialist. Harman said the teacher’s association made several recommendations for its use as well.
“There is a compensation model in the contract, but we’re not using it because there is no raise,” says Harman.
The contract will be opened every year due to changing revenue expectations under the current state funding formula. Harman says that is the big factor every year in contract decisions.
The Oregon-Davis School Board approved the contract unanimously.