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Board of Education approves five-year agreement with South Glens Falls Faculty Association

June 17, 2015

The South Glens Falls Central School District Board of Education ratified a five-year contract with the South Glens Falls Faculty Association (SGFFA) at its regular board meeting on Monday, June 15.

Members of the SGFFA voted on June 10 to ratify the agreement, which covers the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020. The contract calls for an average salary increase of 3.29 percent over the course of five years, including step. In 2014-2015, the starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $41,319 and after 23 years of service is $82,647.

“The Board of Education appreciates the dedication and commitment of the members of the faculty association to our students,” said Board of Education President William Elder. “The Board acknowledges the outstanding effort by the district and the faculty association to reach an agreement that increases student contact time and helps reduce the rising cost of health insurance.”

The new contract includes a 30-minute after school activity period, three days a week for secondary teachers. This additional time after school will be used to offer students additional academic support.

Members of the SGFFA will be able to select from all health insurance plans offered by the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES consortium. In addition, the employee contribution rate will increase from 17 to 18 percent over the course of the five-year contract, which is expected to save the district approximately $40,000 per year.

The ability to offer a sixth class to secondary staff, with a stipend, is expected to expand course offerings for students in grades 7-12 and make more sections available based on student requests.

“The South Glens Falls Faculty Association is pleased that the parties were able to reach an agreement that was fiscally responsible and mutually beneficial for the community, district, and association. We appreciate the efforts by all involved,” said President of the SGFFA Sarah Young.

“We believe this agreement is a positive outcome,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “We are appreciative of the work that went into the negotiations, and the faculty association’s willingness to consider the needs of our students and the long-term financial impact on our local taxpayers.”

The South Glens Falls Faculty Association is comprised of approximately 270 district staff members.

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