Columbia School Board to vote on collective bargaining agreement

Sunday, May 11, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia School Board is expected to vote Monday night on a collective bargaining agreement with the Columbia Missouri National Education Administration that would restore teachers' pay steps that were frozen during the 2008-09 fiscal year.

The CMNEA chose to have the pay steps restored in place of a $300 increase to teachers' base pay in the coming fiscal year. The agreement also calls for teachers who would not have received a pay step in 2008-09 to receive the pay step that was frozen for the 2007-08 fiscal year instead.

The agreement is projected to cost the district an extra $845,267, including benefits, this coming fiscal year. It would keep the base pay for teachers at $30,514 and the minimum pay at $34,353, the same as last year.

The base pay for all other district employees would be increased by $300. This is projected to cost the district an extra $406,016.

Other agenda items:

  • The board will hear a presentation from Chief Academic Officer Sally Beth Lyon about revisions to the district's science department to align with Next Generation Science Standards.
  • The board will hear a proposal from district athletics director Bruce Whitesides to begin a junior varsity girls lacrosse program at district high schools.
  • The board is expected to vote on whether to increase the price of student lunches by 10 cents, adult lunches by 15 cents and breakfast prices by 10 cents.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Aslin Administration Building, 1818 W. Worley St.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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