The Iroquois Faculty Association and the Iroquois Administrators Association reached contract settlements that will save the district about $250,000 over the life of the agreements.
Superintendent Douglas Scofield said Monday that the bargaining groups agreed to a 1.7 percent reduction in the salary step schedule.
In addition, administrators will start contributing $1,000 annually toward premiums for their health insurance, while teachers will pay about 5 percent more for their insurance.
Scofield called the agreement a collaborative effort. “Because of the concessions made, the real benefits of the new contract are the children and taxpayers,” he said.
He thanked the unions and the negotiation committee and said the results of the negotiations will help the school district during difficult financial times.
The teachers’ contract is effective Sept. 1 through June 30, 2015. The administrators’ contract is effective July 1 through June 30, 2014.
In other matters, the School Board is wrestling with the issue of home-schooled children participating in the district’s extracurricular programs.
Steve DeNies, father of a home-schooled freshman, asked the board last week to reconsider its policy of excluding home-schooled students from school activities.
“We feel that allowing home-school students to participate would broaden the community spirit here,” DeNies said.
Scofield said an informal survey of other districts showed that all who responded have the same policy of prohibiting home-schooled students from the school’s extracurricular clubs.
Competitive clubs include Model U.N., Mastermind, Mock Trial, student government and the lead roles in the high school musical. Scofield was uncertain whether the district could open some clubs to home-schooled students while excluding them from others.