Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 and its teachers union recently agreed on a new four-year contract.
The Yorkville School District Board of Education approved the new contract at a special meeting Dec. 11. The contract is effective from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022.
The negotiations for the new contract didn’t take nearly as long as they did for the teachers’ current contract, which was approved in December of 2015 with talks of a strike in the air. The two sides took more than a year to approve the 2015-18 contract.
As part of the new contract, teachers will receive pay increases of 2.25 percent in the first year, 2 percent in the second and third years, and 1.75 percent in the fourth year, according to the union, the Yorkville Education Association.
These annual raises are much less percentage-wise than in the current contract, which increased salaries overall by 2 percent for the 2015 school year, 3 percent for the 2016 school year, and 3.27 percent for the current year.
The new contract also introduces the concept of “performance-based compensation,” which the document states “recognizes teachers for self-initiated professional growth through opportunities tied to the district’s strategic plan and initiative beyond salary.”
Teachers need to meet the following requirements to be eligible for performance-based compensation: proficient or better summative rating on their most recent evaluation, a minimum of two years teaching in the district, and an approved application on file with the district administration office.
Activities must be successfully completed by April 15 to receive financial recognition by May 30, according to the contract. Activities completed after that date will be included for eligibility in the following school year, the document states.
Financial recognition will be based on a structure outlined in the Performance-Based Compensation Plan, which will be finalized by a committee based on the work of a previously established committee from the 2016-17 school year, according to the contract. District-wide compensation will not exceed $100,000 annually for the program, according to the contract.
"Employees who have declared for retirement shall not receive this payment if the payment would result in an additional payment to TRS by the board,” the contract states.