Hannibal school board approves contract with Faculty Association

After a collaborative negotiation process, teachers in the Hannibal Central School District will be going back to the classroom in September with a new contract in place.

The five-year contract for the Hannibal Faculty Association was recently ratified by the school board and is retroactive to 2012. It strikes a balance that is beneficial to the district, community and teachers, according to district officials.

“Both sides are pleased that a new contract was approved. The district and the faculty association worked very closely to develop a contract that was fair to the teachers and is fiscally responsible to the district,” Superintendent Donna Fountain said.

Under the terms of the agreement, teachers will receive a 1.75 percent raise for each of the past two school years. In each of the subsequent years — through 2017 – there will be a 2.2 percent salary increase.

The employee health plan was also restructured as part of the negotiation process.

A three-tier prescription drug plan has been implemented for this school year, and teachers will see an increase in their health insurance contributions beginning in the final year of the contract.

The agreement calls for members of the HFA to pay an extra 2 percent (12 percent total) toward their health insurance beginning in 2016-2017.

In other business, the school board approved funding for an indoor track program, cheerleading and most JV sports.

Money will also be allocated to fund two coaching positions — a modified cross-country coach and an assistant varsity wrestling coach.

According to the superintendent, the restoration of athletic funds and the new contract with the HFA point to the board’s ongoing efforts to make the Hannibal Central School District among the elite.

“We are on track to becoming a destination district,” Fountain said. “This is an exciting time for Hannibal schools.”