At its April 16 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 March 16, and BEA members voted to approve the new contract in early April.
“I’m pleased that we were able to come to this agreement, which allows us to remain competitive in attracting and retaining high quality educators and recognizes our current financial limitations,” said Board Chair Abigail Alt. “As a district, 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, 2019 and continues through June 30, 2021. It brings a projected two-year total cost increase of $5.1 million, compared to 2018-19 costs. This includes a 1% increase to the teacher salary schedule in the first year of the contract and a 1.3 percent increase for 2020-21.
The contract includes some language changes, including allowing the district to individually negotiate stipends for coaches and advisers when those positions are filled by people who aren’t members of the BEA. Doing so will allow for some flexibility and may help protect some programs that could otherwise be reduced during budget cuts.
The contract covers approximately 600 district employees, including teachers, nurses, psychologists, counselors and other licensed educators.
- Contract duration: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021
- Employees covered: Approximately 600
- Projected cost increase: $5.1 million over two years, compared to 2018-19 cost