This story has been updated to include comments from Dexter Education Association President Jessica Baese.
By Lonnie Huhman,
Dexter Community Schools’ teachers and administrators have reached new agreements with the board of education.
Both new agreements call for wage increases.
On June 24, the DCS Board of Education unanimously ratified the tentative agreement for a successor agreement between it and the Dexter Education Association, which also recently ratified the agreement.
The previous contract was from 2016-2019.
According to the executive summary and recommendation presented to the school board, the successor agreement will run from 2019-2022.
“For the 2019 – 2020 year, DEA members will receive steps and an off schedule payment of 4 percent of the 2018 – 2019 salary to be paid in October to actively employed employees,” the summary/recommendation said. “The salary changes for 2020 – 2021 and 2021 – 2022 will essentially increase all DEA member salaries by 1 percent and include steps. The agreement includes numerous language changes to align with current law. The extra duty stipends have also been completely reworked.”
Before its vote, school board member Julie Schumaker thanked the DEA for its collaboration and said she believes there’s some good cooperation between the teachers union, school administration and board.
DEA president Jessica Baese said they agree with Schumaker. After the vote went through, Baese said it felt good to get to this point.
In follow up to the meeting, The Sun Times News reached out to Baese, who said the DEA ratified the tentative agreement with a 94 percent majority approval.
She said the agreement is finalized since the DEA ratified it early last week and now the board. In August, she said district and DEA leaders will incorporate the new language and terms of the agreement into their master agreement. Once revisions are finalized, the new 2019-2022 DEA Master Agreement will be posted on the district website.
The agreement with the Dexter Administrators’ Association was also unanimously ratified. It will also run from 2019-2022.
And it also said, “For the 2019 – 2020 year, DAA members will receive steps and an off schedule payment of 4 percent of the 2018 – 2019 salary to be paid in October to actively employed employees. The salary changes for 2020 – 2021 and 2021 – 2022 will increase all DAA member salaries by 1 percent and include steps.”
DCS Superintendent Chris Timmis said the agreements’ wording will now be finalized over the coming weeks. Timmis said overall the work on the agreements went smoothly.