Portland School Board OKs teachers contract

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PORTLAND — The School Board approved a new, three-year agreement with the Portland Education Association at its Nov. 15 meeting.

Members of the PEA voted for the new contract Nov. 14, with approval from 92 percent of teachers, according to a press release from the School Department. The contract runs retroactively from Aug. 26, 2016, to Aug. 25, 2019, and includes a 1.5 percent salary increase in the second and third years.

The new contract also caps the district’s share of health-care cost increases at 3 percent per year. It also includes some differential pay adjustments, most of which are related to compensation for coaches and club advisers.

“This collective bargaining agreement values and invests in our teachers, is fair to taxpayers and provides predictable costs for the next three years,” Superintendent Xavier Botana said. “It ensures that our teacher compensation remains regionally competitive, allowing us to continue to attract the best and the brightest.”