After months of negotiations, the Cary School District 26 Board has reached a four-year agreement with its teachers union, the Cary Education Foundation, according to a news release from the district.
The agreement – which calls for average salary increases of 3.48 percent, 3.26 percent, 3.01 percent and
3.36 percent, respectively – was ratified by the teachers union Friday and approved by the board Monday.
Union co-president Annette Bear said negotiations for a new contract began in March, and eventually entered into the mediation process at the District 26 board’s request.
“During negotiations, we discussed various issues and concerns our members had with the existing collective bargaining agreement, and we are happy that we were able to reach an agreement with the board on all outstanding issues,” co-president Lori Charbonneau and Bear said in a joint statement.
Under the terms of the agreement, the board’s contribution to teachers’ single insurance coverage will increase from 50 percent to 70 percent of the premium and will establish a board contribution for dependent coverage between 20 percent and 50 percent, depending on seniority.
Board President Scott Coffey said in a news release that the agreement is both fair to teachers and financially responsible to the taxpayers of the community.
“I want to thank the teachers, administrators and board members who participated in the process, and all those who helped the parties reach an agreement,” Coffey said in the release. “Their professionalism and determination are deeply appreciated, and I think we reached an agreement that is mutually beneficial for everyone involved.”