The Fenton Board of Education approved a two-year contract with the Fenton Education Association (FEA) on May 11 and the FEA ratified the contract May 12. The contract runs through June 30, 2021.
Negotiations have been taking place since last year and both sides worked to come to an agreement.
Kim Gruber, Fenton Board of Education vice president, said, “The Fenton Board of Education is pleased we were able to come to an agreement that works within our budget and still provides teachers with a significant salary increase. We appreciate
the time and effort put forth by both sides of the bargaining table to reach this positive outcome.”
The two-year contract includes a full step and a 1-percent increase across the salary grid for the 2019-2020 school year with no additional compensation for 2020-2021.
The contract also includes items such as a higher sick day cap and increased payment in lieu of taking their medical benefits. If a teacher does not take the benefit package, they receive money that is placed in a 403 B retirement account.
The FEA and the Fenton Area Public Schools (FAPS) administration will be collaborating on the 2020-2021 school calendar and will publish the calendar by Aug. 1.
Adam Hartley, superintendent of FAPS, said, “I am appreciative of the FEA and the Board of Education for working together to come to an agreement so we may focus on preparing for next school year during this unprecedented time in education.
“Our teachers have continued to work hard over the COVID-19 shutdown and to be able to agree on this contract before the summer is a true testament of our ability to work together.”
FEA President Pam Hayes added, “I am very pleased that we have come to terms on a contract. Although it’s taken a long time and has been difficult for both sides, I am relieved that in the end, we were able to work together to do what’s best for everyone involved.”
The FEA’s last contract expired June 30, 2019. Union negotiators began meeting with district officials in March of 2019.