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Richmond-Burton District 157 approves new teacher contract, raises

Support staff to see 5.5% boost; teachers will get 12% lift over length of agreement

The Richmond-Burton High School District 157 Board has approved a new teachers contract and raises for its support staff and administrators.

Noncertified support staff, which includes teachers aides and hourly employees, will receive a 5.5% raise, and administrative staff will receive raises between 1.5% and 3.6% based on the position held. The board determines raises for those groups annually, said Superintendent Tom Lind.

Lind did not specify which administrators received which level of raise.

The teachers contract will run from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2024. By 2024, teachers will have seen a 12% pay increase.

Teachers will receive 3% raises for the first year of the contract and 2.5% raises in the second and third years. Teachers will receive 2% raises in the last two years of the contract, Lind said.

Teachers with at least 15 years of experience are eligible to apply for the district’s early retirement once they reach the age of 55. The program is in addition to the state’s early retirement option.

The board will increase those teachers’ salaries by 3% for their last four years of teaching.

“If the Illinois General Assembly enhances or increases the [Teacher Retirement System] or retirement contribution on the part of the Board of Education, Richmond Education Association and [District 157] agree to re-open the Article on the Early Retirement Policy to negotiate the financial impact of that legislation,” the contract reads.

Nontenured employees are entitled to 12 sick days a school year, and tenured teachers can take 15 sick days, according to the contract. Full-time teachers also may take two personal or professional days, according to the contract.

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