Wichita teachers reach tentative contract agreement

Wichita Public Schools (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – The United Teachers of Wichita and the Wichita Board of Education are pleased to announce a tentative one-year agreement on the teachers’ contract under Modified Traditional Bargaining for the 2015-16 school year.

The United Teachers of Wichita represents nearly 4,000 teachers in the Wichita Public Schools.

“We appreciate that we were able to work with the United Teachers of Wichita, focusing on mutual goals, to develop a one-year agreement,” said Superintendent John Allison. “Both sides were committed to finding ways to honor teachers, while at the same time knowing we could not do so financially due to lack of funding for education.”

“With continued attacks on Kansas public school funding and public schools, we are pleased that USD 259 continues to work collaboratively with UTW to find the best agreement possible for students and educators,” said UTW President Randy Mousley. “With the current Kansas governor and legislature continuing to underfund and undermine public schools, we are grateful that it has not been necessary for our district to lay off teachers or close schools early as we have seen with other districts in Kansas.”

 

Details of the tentative agreement include:

  • A one-year salary freeze, including steps, tracks and longevity (for years of experience, additional education and years of service)
  • Changes to the contract from 190 to 188 days for the 2015-16 year only with no loss of pay
  • A “reopener” clause which would allow either group to return to salary negotiations if the Wichita Public Schools receives at least $8 million of new funding for the 15-16 school year
  • Changes to the health plan for wellness incentives; tobacco/nicotine users and those employees who have spouses using the district health plan
  • Changes to Evaluation of Educators based on the Marzano tool
  • Memorandum of understanding to create a Leave Time Study Committee
  • Continuation of the Modified Traditional Bargaining process throughout the school year to address concerns that may occur

 

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