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BCSD Board, BCESPA Agree to New 3-Year Contract

The Ball-Chatham Educational Support Professionals Association (BCESPA) and the Board of Education are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract.

The Board voted to approve the 2022-2025 support professionals contract at their May 25 meeting. The agreement includes an average of 22.91% in base compensation over the 3-year contract, the addition of tuition reimbursement for specific fields of study, the addition of multiple newly-created positions, and many more enriching benefits.The full contract will be available for viewing on the BCSD website by the end of June 2022.

Board President Tiffani Saunders, and BCESPA President Shelly Lynch 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 BCESPA’s shared vision and goals, and maintains the fiscal stability of the District. The ability to retain the high-quality support staff we currently have, while successfully filling job openings in a competitive market, were top of mind as we negotiated this contract. The salary increases demonstrate the great value the District places on its support staff. The three-year contract reflects a commitment on all sides to do what is best for our students.”

In addition, BCESPA President Shelly Lynch, a 22-year Ball-Chatham School District veteran, stated: “We are extremely pleased with the new three-year contract and believe the current Board of Education understands the importance of Education Support Professionals to great public schools. We look forward to continuing to work with the new Superintendent and the Board of Education in support of Ball-Chatham students, teachers and families.”

Following in the footsteps of the certified staff, who successfully used the ‘compact bargaining’ approach in May of last year, both sides were able to reach an agreement in less than seven hours of intense bargaining. Ongoing communication with BCESPA to understand day-to-day experiences and concerns, conversations with separating staff, and a market analysis of wages and other benefits facilitated a shared understanding before contract negotiations began and contributed to the ability to reach an agreement in a short timeframe.

Both the BCESPA and the Board of Education approved the contract with overwhelming support.