The Parkland School District Board of School Directors and the Parkland Education Support Professionals Association (PESPA) reached a 5-year contract agreement when the Parkland School Board approved a new contract on March 21, 2017, which the District’s support union ratified on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The agreement represents the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022. PESPA includes approximately 650 Parkland support staff, including bus drivers, hall monitors, teaching assistants, paraprofessionals, custodial, maintenance, cafeteria, secretarial, computer/data/financial technicians and other part-time support staff.
The contract includes an annual salary increase of 3% for the 5-year term of the contract for all employees except in the Food Services Department where salaries range from a salary freeze to 2% by the end of the 5-year agreement.
Regarding healthcare insurance, in 2017-18, PESPA employee contributions will be $48 per month for Single coverage or $97 per month for Family coverage and by 2021-22, that contribution increases to $68 and $137 respectively for the PPO 6 Core Health Plan which carries a $500 deductible for Single and $1,000 deductible for Family coverage. PESPA employees also have the option of choosing a PPO $750 100/80 Plan which carries a $750 deductible for Single coverage and $1,500 deductible for Family coverage. Under this plan, employee contributions are $15 per month for Single coverage or $30 per month for Family coverage in 2017-18. By 2021-22, employee contributions increase to $35 and $70 respectively.
Board President Mr. David M. Kennedy stated, “I believe I speak for the Parkland community when I say that I am extremely pleased that we have a 5-year contract with our support personnel, a valued part of our educational team. With this contract, we have a long-term collaborative commitment that bodes well for all parties involved.”
Mr. Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent, stated, “We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement on a 5-year contract with our Support Professionals in Parkland. These employees are hard-working, dedicated people that contribute tremendously to the culture and climate of our schools and allow our district to maintain a positive learning environment for our children.”
Kerry Stefanyak, President of PESPA stated, “We are pleased with the contract. It is a reflection of the cooperative working environment that our Association has with the District as it addresses the concerns of all.”