C-I Board approves teachers’ contract

The Cambridge-Isanti School Board has approved the teachers’ contract with Education Minnesota Cambridge-Isanti.

The contract was approved during a special school board meeting held Thursday, June 7.

The contract was approved for July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013 and includes a total package increase of 5.06 percent over two years.

Total package increase means increases in salary, FICA (Social Security and Medicare), teacher’s retirement, contributions toward medical  and dental insurance premiums and 403B matching contribution plan.

The contract was approved by a 5-0 vote with board members Lynn Wedlund and Mark Becker abstaining.

Director of Finance Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson explained the teachers received lane movement in both years. They received step movement in the first year, but not a monetary increase, and in the second year they will receive a step with a monetary increase halfway through the year and the salary schedule was increased by 1 percent.

Vosberg-Torgerson added for the top steps (or career increments) there was $600 added in the first year and an additional $500 added in the second year.  A defined contribution (flat dollar amounts) was agreed to for the insurance contributions and steps were given in both years to Schedule B, which is all of the athletic and activities positions (coaches/advisors).

During the meeting, board member Tim Hitchings made a request for the board to consider revisiting an equitable settlement for individuals who took a freeze for their contract during this contract negotiation period.

Discussion took place regarding this matter and a recommendation will be brought back to the school board for its regular meeting on Thursday, June 21.