By Nancy Schaar
Carrollton Board of Education members approved a new two-year contract with the Carrollton Education Association Dec. 17.
The master agreement was ratified by 85 members of the CEA during a vote Dec. 9. Eight members voted against the contract without stating their reasons.
Carrollton schools Superintendent Dave Quattrochi said the contract will provide 3% raises each year to all members of the CEA. Teachers have not received a pay raise in about seven years.
Currently CEA members pay $100 per month for a family medical benefit, which will increase to $115 with the new contract. A single person medical benefit will increase $5 per month from $50 per month to $55 per month for the contract period, which runs through June 30, 2017.
“I am glad the process is complete. It is a fair deal for both sides. We have excellent teachers who work very hard to keep students doing their best at high levels,” said Quattrochi.
CEA president Michelle Roberts agreed with Quattrochi and said both sides worked very hard to reach the agreement.
Board members Eric Roberts and Michael Pozderac abstained from the vote due to family relationships in the CEA. Board members Wendy Gotschall, Bonnie Little and Rose Seck voted yes on the two-year agreement.