Board approves contract with teachers' union
The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education unanimously approved a new two-year contract with the Burnsville Education Association (BEA), which represents the district’s teachers, at a special meeting on July 19.
Board and BEA representatives had reached a tentative agreement on June 21, and BEA members voted to approve the new contract earlier this month.
“I’m incredibly pleased that we’ve been able to come to this agreement so soon and thankful for the work of everyone involved,” said Board Chair Eric Miller. “The new contract keeps us competitive with neighboring districts and shows a commitment from everyone to diversifying our teaching staff to better serve our students.”
The new contract is retroactive to July 1, 2021 and continues through June 30, 2023. It brings a projected two-year total cost increase of about $6 million, compared to 2020-21 costs. This represents a salary and benefit increase of 6.5% over the two years of the contract.
The contract includes a memorandum of understanding between the District and BEA to create a working group to explore ways to attract and retain more teachers of color. Studies show that all students benefit from a more diverse teaching staff.
The contract covers approximately 600 district employees, including teachers, nurses, psychologists, counselors and other licensed educators.
- Contract duration: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023
- Employees covered: Approximately 600
- Projected cost increase: $6 million over two years, compared to 2020-21 cost
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