Board, teachers reach tentative deal
Negotiators for the Minot Education Association and Minot Public School Board reached a tentative contract agreement late Monday evening.
The tentative agreement calls for a two-year contract, with a $2,550 increase to the base salary for a beginning teacher in 2013-2014, bringing the base salary to $36,350, and a $1,150 increase to the base salary in 2014-2015, bringing the base salary to $37,500. That represents a 7.54 percent increase to the base salary in the first year of the contract and a 3.16 percent increase to the base salary in the second year of the contract, according to district business manager and board negotiator Scott Moum.
In addition, under the tentative agreement, the district would increase pay for teachers in the district with one year and two years of experience by increasing the salary index multipliers by 1.3 percent each year of the contract.
The district will pay the cost of health insurance increases for teachers, which are estimated to increase by 6.3 percent for 2013-2014 and 7 percent for 2014-2015.
Under the tentative agreement, the district would also increase the payment for unused sick leave for eligible employees from $10 to $20 per day.
Under the agreement, the district would also pay the substitute rate of pay in addition to regular salaries for elementary teachers who are required to take over another teacher’s class as well as her own for a full or half a day.
Negotiations lasted 4 1/2 hours on Monday before both sides reached their tentative agreement.