Preliminary contracts for Dexter teachers, support staff OK'd, but wages yet to be negotiated
Preliminary contracts covering health care benefits, class schedules and other non-wage for teachers and support staff at Dexter Community Schools have received approval from the school board, the Dexter Leader reports.
The preliminary contracts for the Dexter Education Association and the Dexter Education Support Personnel Association did not include wages. The budget for the district's 2013-2014 school year, projected to be more than $2 million in deficit, must be approved before July 1.
The district would save an estimated $200,000 under proposed changes to employee health benefits, including higher payments for office visits and offering a choice between a modified PPO plan and a health savings account plan.
Other proposed changes would establish a new chain of command for resolving technology issues, give teachers access to class schedules sooner and consolidate the roles of media specialist into fewer positions. In another change, the position of curriculum coordinator can now be held by a non-union member under the state's new right-to-work law.
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