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New teachers contract approved by District 191 board

At its Aug. 9 meeting, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education voted to approve a new two-year contract with the Burnsville Education Association (BEA), which represents the district’s teachers.

Board and BEA representatives had reached a tentative agreement on June 20, and BEA members voted to approve the new contract in July.  

“I’m pleased that we were able to come to this agreement, which covers nearly half of District 191 employees, at this time. Having it in place will allow everyone to be focused on the important work that’s ahead,” said Board Chair Jim Schmid. “As a district — including all staff members, families, students and community members — we can be proud of the progress we’ve made in the last few years and excited for what’s next.”

The new contract is retroactive to July 1, 2017 and continues through June 30, 2019. It brings a projected two-year total cost increase of $6.4 million, compared to 2016-17 costs. This includes no increase to the teacher salary schedule in the first year of the contract and a 4 percent increase for 2018-19.

The contract includes several language changes, including a process for unrequested leaves of absence (ULA) that allows the Board of Education to designate priority areas for retaining staff. This process will allow the board to protect teachers who have specific qualifications from seniority-based layoffs to ensure priority programming will continue.

“We don’t want to lose an important class – for instance a Pathways-related course at the high school – because we were forced to layoff the only teacher who was licensed or certified to offer that class,” Schmid said. “This will help us be consistent in what we offer so our students can plan their academic careers with confidence.”

Other language changes address prep time reimbursement for traveling teachers, adoption and parental leaves, and preparation time for parent conferences, among others.

The contract covers approximately 700 district employees, including teachers, nurses, psychologists, counselors and other licensed educators.

Quick Facts

  • Contract duration: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019
  • Employees covered: Approximately 700
  • Projected cost increase: $6.4 million over two years, compared to 2016-17 costs
Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 09:15