YORKVILLE – Custodians, nurses, secretaries and paraprofessionals will be getting pay raises, effective immediately.
The Yorkville School District 115 Board of Education voted, 6-0, to approve the support personnel collective bargaining agreement between the Yorkville Education Association and the school district during their special meeting Monday, June 10 at the district’s Center for Innovation, 604B Center Parkway. Secretary Ashley Rhea Shields was absent from the meeting.
Yorkville School Superintendent Tim Shimp said he was very pleased with the amount of effort put into the agreement between the union and school district officials and completing it in a timely and efficient manner.
“Like any negotiations, each side has a perspective that they’re bringing to the table and we hope it’s a fair and equitable process,” Shimp said. “And in this case, it was.”
According to the contract, there will be a 3% pay increase for custodians, nurses, paraprofessionals and secretaries for the past school year, which will be paid retro-actively back to July 1, 2018.
They will all get a 2% increase each year for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.
Starting salaries for custodians with zero to three years of work experience will be $15.25 per hour for the 2018-19 school year, $15.56 per hour for the 2019-20 school year, $15.87 for the 2020-21 school year, and $16.19 for the 2021-22 school year.
The starting hour wages for nurses with the same work experience will be $27.50 per hour for the 2018-19 school year, $28.05 per hour for the 2019-20 school year, $28.61 per hour for the 2020-21 school year, and $29.18 per hour for the 2021-22 school year.
Paraprofessionals will earn the following starting wages for the same work experience and college education: $14 to $14.60 per hour for the 2019-20 school year, $14.14 to 14.69 per hour for the 2020-21 school year, and $14.28 to $14.77 for the 2021-22 school year.
Starting wages for secondary principal and athletic secretaries with zero to three years of experience are $16.75 for the 2018-19 school year, $17.09 for the 2019-20 school year, $17.43 for the 2020-21 school year, and $17.78 for the 2021-22 school year.
Rachel Juarez, a social studies teacher at Yorkville High School and president of Yorkville Education Association, said the union reached out to the district in November 2018 via an official demand to bargain letter and bargaining meetings began in January 2019. She said she felt that the union listened to the concerns of its members and there was a beneficial and productive working relationship between the union and school officials the whole time.
“I feel that we really ended up with strong contract for our members,” Juarez said.
The school board also voted 6-0 to approve salary increases for non-union support personnel salary for the 2019-20 school year. Shimp said the same percentage rates also apply to non-union workers.