The Avoca District #37 Board of Education has announced that the district has entered into a new, five-year contract with the Avoca Education Association (AEA) as the result of negotiations conducted throughout the summer. Both the Board and AEA have voted on and approved the contract. The agreement provides a cell increase of 2.75 percent for the term of the contract and adds one full day of classes, while leaving the structure of health benefits unchanged.
Like most districts, Avoca pays teachers on a salary schedule that specifies increases for each year of service. This “step” increase averages approximately 3.2 percent. For those who qualify for the step increment, the negotiated pay increase will raise total pay an average of 5.95 percent. However, due to yearly retirements, employment mobility and other factors, the actual cost for the district will approximate 3.75 percent for each of the five years covered by the contract.
“We are pleased that this settlement falls squarely within the financial parameters developed to ensure that Avoca’s long-term fiscal stability remains strong,” comments Avoca Board of Education President Jeffrey Greengoss. “The new contract allows for the district’s uninterrupted and sustained excellence for five years and keeps us in line with the compensation plans offered by other New Trier sender districts.”