PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The Peekskill Faculty Association has reached an agreement with the city school district for the coming school year.
The agreement, which can be read in its entirety here, was adopted by the Board of Education at the beginning of its Tuesday night meeting.
Superintendent of Schools James Willis said the district officials were pleased with the agreement.
"It's been a long process that both sides negotiated in good faith, and I think we've come to an agreement that benefits the taxpayers and benefits the district and benefits the teachers as well," Willis said.
The prior agreement ran from July 2010 until June 2012. The new contract will run until June 2016.
Most salaries will remain the same as the previous contract through the end of the new contract. Among the agreed conditions are incremental service increases for employees at the top step of any salary lane with at least eight years in the district, with an additional increase for employees with 20 years of service in the district. Teaching assistant salaries will be increased by $1,500 as of July 2012.
Teachers will be entitled to one column movement per school year upon completing a graduate level course.
Effective as of July 2012, all staff will contribute 9 percent of the cost of their health insurance costs. That percentage will increase to 10 percent in 2013, 11 percent in 2014, 12 percent in 2015 and 15 percent starting in June 2016.
Board of Education president Joseph Urbanowicz said he believed the agreement was one of the best in Westchester County and thanked the faculty for working with the district.
"I think everyone understands the difficult times we're in and I just want to thank the faculty association for their good faith effort to really work with the district in helping us address our financial and economic issues," he said.