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Canton teachers agree to contract that forgoes raises

By admin Published: June 29, 2011

CANTON: Teachers will get no routine raises for two years under a contract approved by the school board and the Canton Professional Educators Association.

The contract formalized Monday has no raises in base pay or step increases. Individuals who acquire additional educational credentials would still receive additional compensation.

Insurance premium contributions will increase from 8.5 percent to 10 percent Friday with the start of the two-year contract. But a hold-harmless clause gives teachers stipends equal to 86 percent of their premium contributions.

A revised layoff provision would take effect if state law changes the way teachers are retained and dismissed. The contract calls for layoffs to be based on factors including evaluations, attendance and years of service. The current system is based on seniority alone.

In other personnel action, the board kept Ron Johnson as McKinley High School football coach.

The board also decided that future administrative recommendations for head football coaches should be made by February.

Concerns had been raised about Johnson's program.

Board member Eric Resnick noted that football practice has already begun and said it was too late to change leaders now.

Resnick said certain practices will be reviewed for effectiveness, such as Johnson's 6 a.m. study tables for athletes who struggle academically.

The board also appointed five elementary school principals: Marianna Arvidson at McGregor; Frank Gant, Fairmount; Elena Monahan, Worley; Andrea Ramsey, Allen; and Janelle Schuler, Mason.

About 25 parents asked the board to keep Ann Bartley as principal at Worley on grounds that she had been an effective leader.

Belden Elementary and Hartford Middle School are expected to rise above ''academic emergency'' status on the state's report card to be released in August, said Superintendent Michele Evans.

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