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622 approves settlements, teacher layoffs
At its Tuesday, April 22 meeting, the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved a settlement on an outstanding contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 70 and District 622.
A settlement was also approved between the school district and the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 12, which covers education assistants.
District 622 Human Resources director Keith Gray said there are 114 full-time and 76 part-time employees in Local 70 working in the district. According to a staff report, the approved settlement is a two-year agreement covering the years 2013-14 and 2014-15, and represents a 67 cent-per-hour increase on the salary schedule for 2013-14 and a two percent increase in pay for the 2012-13 school year. The 67-cent-per-hour increase will be paid in one lump sum, which amounts to $1,520 for full-time employees and $900 for part-time employees. The total package cost increase, including all associated costs, is 5.39 percent.
The approved settlement between the school district and the education assistants represents a two-year agreement covering the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 with lump sum payments in year one and a 2.2 percent salary increase in year two. All education assistants working in ISD 622 are part-time. Employees working 20 or more hours per week will receive $615 and employees working less than 20 hours will receive $375. The total package cost increase, including all associated costs, is 5.39 percent.
The school board also voted in favor of a resolution to lay off 51 probationary teachers at the end of the school year. Gray said the district was left with little choice. The terminations were necessary due to shifts in enrollment and budget restrictions. Gray said the district has tightened its budget over last year’s, when fewer teachers were let go at the end of the school year. He said declining enrollment is slowing -- the district is not losing as many students as planners originally thought -- but it’s not stable enough to avoid the layoffs.
-- Joshua Nielsen