BCSC, teachers ratify new two-year contract

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. teachers will receive an average 3.2 percent salary increase this year after school board members approved a two-year contract with the Columbus Educators Association.

In the second year, the raises will average about 2.29 percent, said Superintendent Jim Roberts. The school board on Wednesday also approved a 2 percent annual raise for support staff and administrators.

This year’s increase is retroactive to the beginning of the school year, and BCSC officials say they hope to provide the back pay no later than the day after Thanksgiving. Higher compensation is necessary to both hire and retain qualified educators, Roberts said.

Although teachers received raises of about 2 percent the previous two years, that’s not the entire story, Roberts said. When increasing health insurance premiums and deductibles are figured in, those raises have only averaged about 1.88 percent, Roberts said.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.