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R-IV board approves teachers union agreement

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:00 am

By Megan Myers
Staff Writer
At a special meeting Aug. 2, the Winfield Board of Education voted in favor of formally adopting a collective bargaining agreement with the district’s chapter of the National Education Association.
Among the agreement’s provisions are changes to the teachers’ salary schedule. Teachers who were under contract with the district last school year will be given a one-time retention incentive of $250 this year, to be received in a lump sum payment by Sept. 15.
The agreement also establishes a professional development coordinator who will share learning opportunities with Winfield teachers throughout the year.
Another provision is 14 days of paid time off for teachers each school year, which can be used for absences caused by illness, or to take care of a loved one.
At its previous meeting, the board had voted to approve changing the paid time off policy in its policy manual.
The Winfield WNEA chapter was formed in 2008, after the Missouri Supreme Court granted teachers the right to bargain collectively.
Last fall, the WNEA became the certified collective bargaining representative for the district in order to give certified staff more of a voice in the district. The chapter currently has 60 members.
Board members Jennifer Bryan and Jim Taylor were absent for the meeting.

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