Fulton Schools, Teachers Union Approve Contract

It took a year, but the Fulton City School District and the union representing its teachers have come to terms on a three-year contract. The last contract expired in June, 2010.

The deal, according to the school district, provides a 2.5% retroactive pay increase for the 2010-11 school year, no increase in 2011-12, and 2.25% in 2012-13. Unspecified changes in health care for retirees is part of the package, as is the willingness of teachers to hold more work-related meetings outside of their contracted work day.

Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch said the extra work time will help the district implement the changes forced on schools by the state Board of Regents, including the new teacher assessments.

Fulton’s administrators and the members of Lynch’s administrative team had already agreed to no pay increases in 2011-12.

The Board of Education Tuesday night approved the contract on a 6-1 vote, with board member Rae Howard voting no without offering an explanation.

The board also approved three year contracts through June, 2014 for Lynch, Director of Personnel Tom Greer, Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment Betsy Conners and Business Administrator Kathy Nichols, along with contracted merit payments to each of the four.