The Parkland School District Board of School Directors and the Parkland Education Support Professionals Association (PESPA) have agreed to extend the current union agreement by one year. The current agreement was set to expire on June 30, 2016. It was a 3-year contract agreement when the Parkland School Board approved a new contract on July 16, 2013. The agreement represented the period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016, but the new agreement extends the contract through June 30, 2017.
The agreement includes a 2.44% overall salary increase in 2016-17 for PESPA employees, including a salary freeze for cafeteria employees and adjustments for certain clerical staff and full-time hall monitors. PESPA includes approximately 600 Parkland support staff, including bus drivers, hall monitors, teaching assistants, paraprofessionals, custodial, maintenance, cafeteria, secretarial, and other part-time support staff. The new agreement will expire after the current teacher contract expires which is slated for August 31, 2016.
The PESPA extended agreement includes new options for healthcare benefits with the Classic Blue Indemnity Plan expiring on June 30, 2016. Employees who choose the PPO 6 Core Health Plan during 2015-16 will pay $32.50 per month for single coverage or $65 per month for family coverage. In 2016-2017, employees will pay $43 per month for single coverage and $87 per month for families. Employees will also have the option of choosing a new PPO 750 100/80 Plan that allows employees to pay nothing for single coverage or $10 per month for family coverage in 2015-16 or $10 per month for single coverage and $20 per month for family coverage in 2016-17. Direct deposit will become mandatory for all employees starting on January 1, 2016.
Master School Board Director and Board President Mrs. Roberta Marcus stated, “I am extremely pleased that we have extended our agreement with our support personnel, a valued part of our educational team.”
Mr. Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent, stated, “We are pleased to extend the current contract as well as offer new healthcare options that will benefit both the employees and the District. A contract extension is generally a sign that our employees are happy and we are thankful for the positive work culture that we have here in Parkland as well as for the many wonderful employees who will be affected by this agreement.”
Brian Everett, President of the PESPA stated, “PESPA is pleased with the contract extension. It is a reflection of the cooperative working environment that our Association has with the District as it addresses the concerns of both parties. We believe it is a win-win for both our members and the school district.”