HATBORO-HORSHAM SCHOOL BOARD, HATBORO-HORSHAM EDUCATION ASSOCIATION REACH AGREEMENT APRIL 18TH
HORSHAM – The Hatboro-Horsham School Board and the Hatboro-Horsham Education Association are pleased to announce that they have both ratified an informal proposal that will now become the new contract.
After more than two years of negotiations, the lengthy and difficult process of reaching a new teachers’ contract ended on Monday, April 18th, when both the HHEA and the School Board approved an informal proposal that had been presented by the district April 12th. The new contract will cover the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.
“When we first began the negotiation process, the School Board had three main goals. We wanted a settlement that provided fair compensation and benefits to our employees. We wanted a settlement that wouldn’t burden our taxpayers. And we wanted a settlement that would enable us the financial flexibility to continue meeting the diverse needs of all our students in a challenging economic environment,” said School Board President Barbara LaSorsa. “We believe this new agreement is reflective of those aims.”
In addition to meeting goals that the Board set out to achieve, settling a contract means the district can focus its attention on balancing the 2011-12 budget.
“I believe this contract will provide us with the flexibility we will need in the coming months to work through some of the difficult aspects of next year’s spending plan,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Griffin. “With the contract settled, we can devote our full attention as a staff to addressing our budgetary deficit and what we need to do in order to maintain our core programs in this difficult time.”
HHEA President Jackie Anderson said, “After almost three years, we welcome the end of a very difficult process. During this difficult time, teachers have continued to provide a positive learning experience for our students. Despite the many difficulties we face today in education, this process will continue as we recognize that interaction between teachers and students is the most important factor for student success.”
Highlights of the approved deal include:
· A four-year agreement that would cover the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years
· Average salary increases over four years of 2.48 percent, including a salary freeze for the coming school year, and partial retroactivity for this school year and the 2009-10 school year
· Increased employee contributions for all existing health care plans, as well as the introduction of a lower-costing, high quality alternative plan
· Plans to collaboratively develop a value-added compensation plan for professional staff, as well as a change in teacher evaluation forms meant to enhance the employee review process
· A retirement incentive plan that would offer 4-percent retroactive salary increases for 2009-10 and 2010-11 to teachers who retire at the end of this school year