WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Though it still needs board and union approval, Waterloo teachers and the school district have quickly reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, as proposed to the district Wednesday night, by the Waterloo Education Association.
The tentative agreement is a two-year contract with a 600-dollar annual pay increase.
The teacher's union met with the district late Wednesday, and was able to reach the tentative agreement under two hours. Kingsley Botchway, Chief Officer for Human Resources and Equity, says that is a testament to how the teachers and the district were already aligned on the same goals with a multi-year agreement, as well as what the new compensation figures would deservingly be.
The district's goal was to not only show the that district values its teachers, but also, to be more competitive as a great recruitment and retention tool.
"And in general, our district truly values our teachers. We believe in what they do and we know they are the 'change agents' that truly affect the student achievement, with our students. So with that, we want to make sure we 'put our money where our mouth is' that we show that value as well as much as possible," said Mr. Botchway.
The three percent increase goes into effect July 2021 and will run until July 2023, at which they will then open up for re-negotiations. Board and union approval are expected.
Mr. Botchway also commented that this tentative agreement is "a great step forward," as well as a "historic step forward."
The district says that this new compensation is one of many ways they want to show their trust and appreciation to the teachers. They also provide benefits from comprehensive wellness programs, to free employee clinic, and Mr. Botchway said in closing, "were not stopping there."
Today, there are 909 teachers in the Waterloo Teachers Association who will be eligible for the annual raise.