WESTLAKE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, BOARD
REACH CONTRACT AGREEMENT
Jan. 16, 2013 – The Westlake Board of Education and the Westlake Teachers Association
announced an agreement on an 18-month contract for teachers.
The new contract provides no increases on base for the first six months of 2013,
followed by a 2.5 percent decrease on base for the remainder of the contract.
Healthcare contributions also will increase by 50 percent, along with a 33
percent increase in drug co-pays. The minimum experience credit for new hires
will drop to five years from 10. Effective with the 2013-2014 school year, teachers
will work an additional three days in professional development with no
additional compensation. The new contract is anticipated to save the district
more than $5 million.
WTA members approved the package Wednesday afternoon, followed by
Board approval Wednesday evening at a special meeting.
“At the end of day we were all looking for the same thing – to be able to
continue the excellence in education that the Westlake City School District is
known to provide, while doing so with tremendous value,” said Board of
Education President Thomas Mays. “We appreciate all of the hard work of the
teachers and our administration and we look forward to these next 18 months of
WTA represents about 300 teachers, counselors and media specialists in
Westlake’s seven school buildings