North Star Borough Board of Education and Fairbanks Education Association Tentative Agreement
The Board of Education and the Fairbanks Education Association (FEA) have reached a three‐year tentative agreement. Negotiation over a new FEA contract started in March 2013 – the tentative agreement was reached in a timely manner, accomplishing a unique and unprecedented initiative that adds to the teacher workday while placing an emphasis on improved professional teaching practices and student achievement.
The board and FEA are pleased to have reached a three‐year tentative agreement amid difficult budgetary challenges. The agreement allows teachers to focus on students, with support to effectively meet state and federal mandates related to student achievement and teacher evaluations.
The significant tenets of the tentative agreement include:
Initiated by FEA, the teacher workday was extended by one half hour, once a week, allowing teachers more collaborative planning time to improve student learning. This FEA initiative, in collaboration with the school district, is creative and forward thinking.
2013‐2014 school year, a 1.4% increase on the salary schedule (to account for the increased workday) with a $750 stipend for those teachers ineligible for a step.
2014‐2015 school year, a 1.25% increase to the salary schedule.
2015‐2016 school year, a 1.75% increase to the salary schedule.
Beginning next year, this agreement allows for more direct student‐teacher contact time.
“This agreement creates the conditions for systemic change to improve learning opportunities for both students and staff,” says Tammy Smith. School Board president Kristina Brophy said, “This demonstrates how the school board and FEA are working together to lead the profession.”
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