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Shawnee Mission school board approves teacher contract agreement

After the Shawnee Mission School District board of education and the National Education Association-Shawnee Mission agreed on a new teachers contract, teachers will vote on the deal later this week.
After the Shawnee Mission School District board of education and the National Education Association-Shawnee Mission agreed on a new teachers contract, teachers will vote on the deal later this week. File photo

Shawnee Mission School District teachers have a new contract to consider.

The district board of education on Tuesday approved the agreement between the board and the National Education Association-Shawnee Mission.

If the contract is approved by Shawnee Mission teachers, they will continue to be among the highest compensated in the area, according to comments made by Deputy Superintendent Ken Southwick that were recorded in the meeting minutes. The board met Tuesday morning to vote on the teacher contract agreement.

The agreement did not add money to the base salary for teachers. Instead, it provided a one-time stipend for teachers with a bachelor’s degree and who are not moving up on the pay scale.

Teachers with a bachelor’s degree and frozen on the pay scale will receive a $1,025 stipend on Dec. 20. Anyone with a master’s degree and above who is frozen on the pay scale will receive a $1,375 stipend on that date.

Also, the district will pay an additional $17 per month per teacher to offset an increase in cost for health care benefits. That equates to approximately $200,000 for the district.

The estimated overall cost to the district for the added compensation, not including added health care, is $2.9 million.

The contract also made changes to professional development days and the leave policy.

Teachers will vote on the contract by the end of the week. And since the teacher contract covers the time from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, the teachers will be paid retroactively.

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc

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