KPEA Initial proposal to the District
Out of 77 sections of the contract, KPEA Opened 13 sections and has already reached agreement with the District on 3 of those 13 sections involving instructional leaves and use of sick leave for bereavement.
We are proposing a 3 year contract.
Our offer proposes increases to the salary schedule that offer financial surety to the District below inflation at 0.5% for the first year, 1% for the second, 2% in the third year which matches average inflation.
The District offers steps and lanes, but no increase to the salary schedule.
110 Salary Conditions:
KPEA proposes that teachers and Type C certificates can pursue their National Board Certifications and upon achieving their certification, they will be eligible to receive $5000/year instead of $2000. Renewal requirements have increased from every 10 years to 5 years and these programs are extremely valuable at improving student success.
210 Health Insurance:
The KPEA proposal returns to an 85/15 (Traditional) and 90/10 (HDHP) split of healthcare premium costs without a cap.
The District proposal maintains the current rate and cap and potentially ties the hands of the employee’s health insurance subcommittee in limiting risk of overages at the end of the plan year.
320 Personal Leave:
We are proposing an increase of one personal day to a total of 5. Teachers need time to engage in subsistence activities, attend the out of town sporting events of their children and students, as well as chaperone class field trips. These activities are not available during built-in breaks of the regular school schedule.
340 Sick Leave:
Teachers across the district have requested an incentive for the conservation of sick leave. We propose that upon retirement or resignation after 10 years of service in the District, employees have the option of cashing out sick leave at 80% of the certified sub rate of pay or apply sick leave to TRS if allowed by statute.
Teachers have expressed the desire for flexible scheduling if they have an assignment in a non-traditional teaching venue. Both KPEA and the District agree and have proposed similar language to meet this need.
Teachers also have expressed concern with the District potentially not providing adequate time and facilities for breastfeeding moms. We propose that the District ensures the application of the FLSA principles about breastfeeding to teachers.
The District is proposing that “In no event shall a teacher’s work day be less than seven hours, excluding a duty free lunch.” KPEA has several concerns with this broad language. This could be a sign of things to come and this proposed requirement may subject the District to litigation.
475 Teacher Prep:
Elementary teachers have voiced extreme need for increased uninterrupted prep time. We propose an increase in elementary teacher prep periods from 30 to 45 minutes.