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

April 30, 2020

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 board meeting on Monday, April 20.

Members of the SGFFA voted on April 29 to ratify the agreement, which covers the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025. The contract calls for an average salary increase of 1.62 percent over the course of five years, excluding step. In 2019-20, the starting salary for a teacher with a master’s degree is $45,397 and after 25 years of service is $91,818. Also in the new contract, the SGFFA will move to the Alternative PPO health insurance as the base plan, offered by the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES consortium. This change is expected to generate a net savings of approximately $474,000 in 2020-21.

“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 20 minutes of additional instruction time each day at the elementary level, adding three Instructional Teachers Leaders, including a K-12 Student Support ITL, a K-12 Library Media/Stem ITL and a K-5 Special Education ITL. ITLs help oversee their respective
areas.

The elementary school day increase will make it possible to add a new “special” that will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This new class will help the district prepare students and teachers to implement computer science standards that will be put into place by the state.

“We are very pleased with the agreement we reached with the faculty association,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. “We appreciate the work that went into the negotiations, and the faculty association’s willingness to consider the overall needs of our students and community. Their flexibility is providing considerable savings, which translates to saving jobs and maintaining programs for students.”

“Beyond the contract negotiations, our teachers have been innovative and willing to redesign their approach to their work with our students during the current school closures,” Orr added. “We know this has been a challenging time for everyone—families, students and staff, and we are grateful for continued partnerships as we navigate this time.”

“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 co-negotiator Jody Sheldon.

The South Glens Falls Faculty Association includes approximately 270 district staff members.

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