Four-year collective agreement for elementary teachers
School board trustees and elementary teachers have ratified a four-year collective agreement for between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hastings-Prince Edward Local.
The collective agreement is for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012 and covers approximately 610 contract teachers.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our local ETFO. Our elementary teachers play an important role in the education of young people and we appreciate and value all they do every day for students,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.
Highlights of the new agreement include the following:
- 4-year agreement effective September 2008 to August 31, 2012.
- Provincially-funded salary increases of 2%, 2%, 3%, 3% over the four years.
- Enhanced benefits effective September 2010, including improved vision, dental and hearing care.
- Provincially-funded staffing increases in Grades 4 to 8 to assist in reducing intermediate class size.
- Improvements in the staff posting and transfer process.
- A cap on teacher supervision at 80 minutes per week.
- Provincially-funded increase in teacher preparation time from 200 to 240 minutes per week over the four years.
- The equivalent of two professional activity days dedicated to the purpose of assessment and reporting.
- Improvements in leave provisions for Military Service and Deferred Salary Leaves.
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.
29 April 2009, Belleville, ON
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For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354