The Elwood Board of Education and Elwood Teachers Alliance have agreed on a pay freeze for the next school year, and extended the contract through June 30, 2025.
The district said the contract will save about $500,000 in the coming school year.
“In light of the current fiscal crisis, we thank the Elwood Teachers Alliance for their willingness to engage in making shared sacrifices to benefit both our students and residents,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “Our teaching staff is incredibly dedicated and hardworking. During a time that I know is challenging for many of our own faculty members, I am pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that will allow the district to preserve programs, services and staffing.”
For the 2020-21 school year, teachers’ salaries will remain the same as their 2019-20 salaries. There will be no salary or step increases. For the 2021-22 school year, teachers will receive a .5% salary increase plus step increases, followed by three additional contractual years that will include small increases to salaries and increased employee contributions to health care costs.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the district that helps preserve the many outstanding programs offered to our students,” said ETA President Garrett Chesnoff. “We understand that we needed to assist during this time of economic uncertainty and focus on the long-term educational and financial needs of the district’s students and residents.”