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Salary increases, stipends among items in new Monomoy teacher contract

 

July 7, 2021 – The Monomoy Regional School Committee, along with teachers and others represented by the Monomoy Regional Education Association, recently ratified a new three-year contract.

 

The agreement includes salary adjustments of 1% the first year and 2.5% and 2.75% the following two years and is effective Sept. 1, 2021, through August 31, 2024.

 

“Although the COVID pandemic meant that all negotiations had to be held fully via videoconference, all parties collaborated in good faith and reached agreement on a new contract that covers our teachers, nurses, specialists, and instructional personnel,” said Monomoy Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter.

 

“Thanks to cooperative and productive discussions with the teams, we were able to arrive at agreements that work to compensate our educators and staff at competitive rates, while also being good stewards of taxpayer funds,” said Carpenter. “The cost of living increases were kept low in the first year to allow our towns to rebound from this pandemic and are higher in the later two years to keep our salaries regionally competitive.”

 

At its meeting June 24, Monomoy Regional School Committee Chair Nancy Scott outlined the changes voted upon by the school committee and the union in the memoranda of agreement for the professional staff, holding educator’s licenses, and the support staff.

 

“The negotiation process was truly delightful and the School Committee is proud of these agreements, which honor our educators and support them in the good work they do for the youth of our community,” said Scott.

 

“Each year of the contract funds an overall increase as supported by our approved fiscal year 2022 budget,” noted Carpenter.

 

The three-year agreement also provides a stipend to instructional assistants who work closely with students with intensive needs, who may, among other things, require special support for activities of daily living or behavioral interventions. This stipend validates that some support roles can be more challenging than others. 

 

There are no health insurance benefit changes for existing employees in the contract – covered services, copays and coinsurance remains the same. The district pays 70 percent of health insurance premiums.

 

“The MRSC unanimously supported these agreements and is grateful for the good work done by all of those involved in the negotiation process,” added Scott.