Might 14, 2021
By David Biggy
With the largest amount of time invested discussing and listening to the community concerning the state’s mask mandate in just the educational facilities, a academics deal agreement on the Stafford Township Board of Training agenda was a little bit overshadowed all through the meeting of May 10.
The board and Stafford Township Schooling Association have an arrangement on a contract for the upcoming three years, and it took two meetings among the board’s negotiations committee and STEA to arrive to terms. Subsequently, the board ratified the memorandum of settlement, voting 5-2 in favor with one particular abstention.
According to Business enterprise Administrator Lourdes LaGuardia, the agreement phone calls for a 3.5% salary increase for STEA customers for the 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 university years, extra stipends for special education aides and much more expert enhancement for bus drivers. Also included within the settlement will be “Chapter 78” relief – stipends that will return 20% of what customers pay out towards their gains on a quarterly foundation, with a cap of $200,000.
The faculty board’s negotiations committee consisted of Chairperson Deborah Lyons, Kevin Cooney, Mark Zoladz and Matthew Regulski. Patricia Formica, who explained she did not believe the arrangement was “sustainable for the district,” and Zoladz voted against the new deal and board Vice President Joe Mangino abstained.
“Our instructors and employees have done a tremendous task supporting our students for the duration of COVID-19,” board President Tammy Wagner said in a statement on behalf of the board. “This pandemic has been complicated all through and their ongoing commitment and assistance to our students is very well recognized.” —D.B.