At its May 31 special board meeting, the Barrington 220 Board of Education approved a new five-year contract for teachers.
Terms of the new agreement include:
-Teacher compensation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
-Critical flexibility for the district to react to significant changes in CPI, as well as legislative changes to state laws that could impact the district’s revenues or expenses
-The average employee will receive annual increases of approximately 2.4% - 3.7% based on CPI
-A new compensation schedule designed to place increased value on continuing professional development
-A higher, more competitive starting salary designed to attract and retain highly qualified teachers to Barrington 220
-New co-curricular stipend compensation formula based on objective criteria such as length of season and student participation
"Our conversations with the BEA began over 15 months ago. The meetings were collaborative and resulted in changes to our teacher’s contract that are beneficial to all. This agreement achieves our mutual goal to improve our district through the hiring and development of high quality teachers for our community’s students. I want to thank all who participated in this process,” said Board Member Sandra Bradford, who was involved in the negotiations.
“In order to maintain the district’s financial health over the next five years, our teachers recognized the importance of flexibility in this agreement and I appreciate that they share this important perspective with our taxpayers,” said Board President Brian Battle, who was also involved in the negotiations.
The current agreement expired at the end of this school year. The new agreement begins with the 18-19 school year and extends through the 22-23 school year. It is consistent with the Board of Education’s projections for district resources, as well as the salaries and benefits provided to educators in comparable suburban school districts in the area.