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BCSD Board, BCEA Agree to New 3-Year Teacher Contract

After a year of change and hardship for everyone, the Ball-Chatham Education Association (BCEA) and the Board of Education are happy to have come to an agreement on a new three-year teacher contract.

The board voted to approve the 2021-2024 teacher contract at their May 27 meeting. The agreement included a 4% raise (plus step) for each of the three years, increased Board dollars for health insurance premiums, and other language changes. The full contract will be available on the BCSD website by the end of June 2021 for viewing.

Supt. Dr. Douglas Wood, Board President Kyle Barry, and BCEA President Laura Brauer released the following joint statement:

“We are pleased with the contract that was negotiated, as we believe it is one that is fair and aligns with both the Board’s and BCEA’s shared vision and goals, and maintains the fiscal stability of the District. The salary increases demonstrate the great value the District places on its teachers. The three-year contract reflects a commitment on all sides to do what is best for our students.”

This is the first year that the two sides used a method of negotiating called "compact bargaining," which brings both sides together for an intense, but much shorter bargaining time. And while both sides were able to come to an agreement within 48 hours, much of the groundwork had taken place throughout this past school year, and even in the years before that due to regular collaboration between the two sides. Board of Education and union leaders also researched and gathered the most up-to-date financial data; took into consideration the views of our staff, students, and parents from the District’s most recent ThoughtExchange; all while balancing and considering the many other priorities of the District.

Both the BCEA and the Board of Education passed the contract with overwhelming support.