Exeter School Board approves new teacher's contract

Exeter Township School Board held a brief voting meeting Oct. 22, where they approved the new three-year contract for the teachers.

According to a press release from the district, the new contract provides two percent salary increase per year.

The old contract expired on June 30, 2013. For the 2012-13 school year, teachers accepted a pay freeze.

Union members must pay a percentage of the premium of medical benefits, starting at 11% for 2013-14, which will increase one percent every year.

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“Recognizing the enormous challenges facing our district and public education in Pennsylvania, we are please that the teachers of the Exeter Township School District and the Board of School Directors were once again able to work together to reach a fair agreement,” Deborah Jarsocrak, Exeter Township Educators Association president, said.

Patricia O’Brien-Pieja strongly encouraged residents to contact their state representative if they would like to see changes with the unfunded state mandates for education.

The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2013 and extends through until June 30, 2016.

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