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Rye Schools, Teachers Reach Agreement On New Contracts

Rye Board of Education President Laura Slack said that the new teacher contracts will help slow growth in the budget.
Rye Board of Education President Laura Slack said that the new teacher contracts will help slow growth in the budget. Photo Credit: File

RYE, N.Y. – The Rye City School District and the Rye Teachers Association have reached an agreement that extends teacher contracts for the next two years.

Teacher salaries will not increase during the 2013-14 school year under the new contract. Teachers will receive a 1.5 percent increase during the 2014-15 school year that would go into effect on Feb. 1, 2015. Salary steps will be frozen for the first seven months of each year. Teachers who reach step 15 on the salary schedule will receive a one-time payment of $1,750.

School officials announced the deal Wednesday after the district and the RTA approved a memorandum of agreement on the new contracts. The current teacher contracts were scheduled to expire on June 30. The new contract will be in effect from July 1 to June 30, 2015.

The new contract also includes changes for health insurance premium contributions for active staff and retirees, as well as reduced buyouts for those who waive health insurance. School officials believe these moves will lower costs for the district.

“All of these measure will help slow the rate of growth in spending on the salary line of the budget, and we are grateful to the RTA leadership for recognizing the importance of enacting these changes,” said Board of Education President Laura Slack.

The Rye Teachers Association released a statement that said, “The RTA believes that the agreed upon MOA [memorandum of agreement] takes into account the interests of all parties in a fair and professional manner.”

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