Donegal School District approves average pay rise of 3% under four-year teaching contract | Local News

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article misidentified the Donegal Education Association and attributed the quote to the wrong person.

The 205 teachers in the Donegal School District will receive an average pay rise of 3% in a new four-year collective agreement approved last month.

The contract, in effect from July 1 to June 30, 2026, was unanimously approved by the school board on January 13. In the first year of the contract, teachers starting in Donegal with a bachelor’s degree will receive $53,115 per year.

“The council’s negotiating team and co-chairs (of the Donegal Education Association) and their team have worked together to agree a fair four-year contract for our community, teachers, taxpayers and pupils,” said Donegal School Board Chairman Oliver Overlander. send an e-mail to TNL | Lancasters online.

“Advance negotiations saved a lot of time, legal costs and uncertainty for all parties involved,” Overlander added.

In the 2022-23 academic year, salaries will range from $53,115 to $93,746, depending on years of experience and level of education. By the 2025-2026 school year, teachers will earn $59,469 to $99,493, respectively.

Donegal has also added some new personal leave policies. For example, at the end of each school year, any teacher with at least three unused days of personal leave can be paid $125 per day for the third, fourth and fifth unused days.

Only two days of personal leave can be carried over to the following academic year. In the previous contract, leave could be postponed up to a total of five days of personal leave per year.

In addition, teachers over the age of 50 who have been employed in Donegal for more than 15 consecutive school years voluntarily retiring in school years 2022-23 or 2023-24 will receive $350 per full calendar year of service and $75 $ for each day of accumulated and unused sick leave. to a maximum of 200.

In 2024-2025 and 2025-26, these rates will decrease to $300 and $70 respectively.

The old contract stipulated a payment of $200 and $50 respectively.

“I am grateful that the council and the Donegal Education Association have been able to reach agreement on a four-year contract,” Superintendent Michael Lausch said in an email to the LNP | Lancaster Online.

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William M. Mayer