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COOPERSVILLE August 31, 2015– The Coopersville Education Association reached a four-year deal with the
Coopersville Board of Education last week.
Both new and current teachers will see a pay increase under the agreement.
Base salaries for new teachers coming into the district will increase from $37,545 to $39,500, while current teachers will see a salary increase of 1.3 percent on average for the upcoming school year.
The built-in increases are slightly less over the remaining three years of the contract. There are no built-in triggers to give teachers larger pay increases should the state increase its funding to the district.
The new contract removes the former two-schedule pay structure the district had gone to two years ago in an effort to contain costs, and reduces the number of overall steps in the three-column pay structure.
“Part of the new contract equalizes the pay increases throughout the salary schedule. From our point of view it gives the district and teachers the ability to better plan for the future,” said Coopersville Superintendent Ron Veldman.
The district has 137 teachers who are covered by the contract.
Coopersville Education Association President Kelly Post said the new four-year deal allows teachers to focus on teaching students and not worrying about their salaries.
Veldman said the advantage to having a four-year deal is that it helps the district with long-term budgeting.
For the teachers, many of whom have seen net decreases to their salaries the last few years as they have had to pay an increasing amount of their district-provided health insurance, the new salary schedule provides an actual increase in take-home pay.
Veldman said with the district’s current high-deductible health insurance, in which the district pays 80 percent and the employee 20 percent, the pay increase should offset any cost increase employees must pay for their insurance and still give employees a small increase in salary.
The Coopersville Education Association is an affiliate of the Michigan Education Association, which is part of the 3-million member National Education Association.