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Stonington, school administrators reach deal

By Joe Wojtas

Publication: The Day

Published November 22. 2012 4:00AM

Stonington - The Board of Education has reached an agreement on a three-year contract with the school administrators' union that calls for them to receive 2.5 percent raises this year and in each of the next two fiscal years.

The raises will boost the salary of high, middle and elementary school principals to $142,2181, $130,529 and $124,236, respectively, in the 2014-15 school year.

Meanwhile, the school system has released details on how much teachers currently pay toward their health insurance premiums; details were not available two weeks ago when the board reached an agreement on raises and benefits with teachers for the 2013-14 school year. The deal calls for the approximately 200 teachers to pay 17 percent, a 1 percent increase, toward their premiums, which is the first increase in premiums for teachers in four years.

Teachers currently pay $115 per month for an individual plan and $310 per month for a family plan that includes Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Century Preferred health insurance as well as dental and prescription drug coverage.

The 13 administrators meanwhile will pay 14, 15 and 16 percent respectively toward their High Deductible Health Plan. All current administrators and any hired before July 1, 2013, can choose not to receive health coverage and instead be paid 40 percent of the cost of the premium or the COBRA rate each year.

The contract also gives 12-month administrators 20 paid sick days each year and the ability to accumulate up to 200 sick days, or more than one full school year. Ten-month administrators receive 17 sick days a year and can accumulate up to 180 days.

The contract also calls for administrators to be paid $40 for all required activities that fall outside the normal work year.

As for vacation, 12-month administrators will receive 28 days off, and 10-month administrators will receive no vacation time outside of school vacations. Administrators hired before July 1, 2013, will be paid for up to eight unused vacation days if they leave the system, unless they were dismissed for cause.

The contract also allows the board to hire new full-time administrators at a rate of up to 10 percent less than that listed in the contract, but such administrators must have their salaries increased to the full amount by their third year in the district.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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