The Pennoyer Education Association and the Pennoyer Board of Education signed a 3 year teacher contract at the May 10, 2017 Board of Education meeting. The contract increases teacher salaries 10.5% over the three years of the agreement. Both the teacher union and school board conducted a salary and benefits study of the surrounding school districts to ensure the new contract is fair and competitive with neighboring districts while also maintaining fiscal responsibility. Pennoyer Board of Education president, Michael Malusa stated “The district is currently in financial recognition with the Illinois State Board of Education and we are preparing for five teachers’ retirement over the next four years. Everyone involved wanted a contract which would retain our valued teachers as well as attract new hires to teach our Pennoyer students for years to come.” In addition to an increase in salary over three years, teachers also received an increase in their health care benefits in anticipation of an overall insurance rate hike over the next few years.
PEA president Sarah Adkins addressed the Board at the Wednesday meeting saying “Our members have shown their support of our collaboration through a unanimous vote to ratify this contract. The ultimate result, of course, is the most important goal for all concerned – creation of a better school district to serve the children, their parents, and the community at large.”
The teachers and Board of Education are looking forward to a productive 2017-2018 school year with the focus on the children they serve.