There wasn't any trumpet-blaring fanfare or here-ye-here-ye proclamation, but the School District 304 and Geneva Education Association three-year teachers agreement is now posted on the district's website.
It's not easy to find, so bookmark this article for future reference and you can see it by clicking this link.
Although an 11th-hour agreement was reached on Nov. 12, it hadn't been posted as of Dec. 3, although a summary of the new three-year contract was for a time prominently displayed on the School District's redesigned homepage.
The contract provides some detail that the summary did not. It includes, for example, the exact salary scheduled grid for the next three years and has additional details regarding the makeup of the Salary Schedule Study Group, which will examine alternative ways to compensate teachers. The group is required to meet for the first time no later than Oct. 1, 2013.
The new contract differs from the previous one in several ways. It calls for a salary freeze for 2012-13, then step increases of 2.65 percent and 2.85 percent in the following two years. It offers retirement incentives that include salary increases of 6 percent, 3 percent and 2.48 percent for teachers who announce retirement prior to Jan. 15, 2013, and intend to retire at the end of 2014-15, according to the summary.
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