New contract gives raises to District 103 teachers

Teachers in Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 will receive pay raises as part of a newly approved three-year contract.

The pact includes changes to teachers' health insurance plans, too.

The deal affects 171 teachers at the district's three campuses: Sprague School, Half Day School and Wright Junior High School.

The District 103 board approved the contract with the Lincolnshire-Prairie View Teacher Association Tuesday night. The deal, which the union endorsed earlier this month, is effective in mid-August and runs through August 2021.

The pay raises will range from 3 percent to 4.5 percent annually, depending on an employee's experience and position on the district's salary schedule.

Teachers who are on steps 2 through 10 of the schedule will receive 4.5 percent raises in each of the three years, Superintendent Scott Warren said.

Teachers who are on steps 11 through 21 will receive 4.35 percent bumps in each of the three years.

Teachers who are beyond step 21 will receive 3 percent raises in each of the three years.

The contract establishes the starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree at $44,981, up from $44,536.

The average salary for District 103 teachers will be $77,206 during the contract's first year, up from $74,125, said Patrick Palbicke, the district's assistant superintendent for business. The average will rise to $78,432 the second year and $79,601 the third year.

The agreement also expands health insurance options for teachers.

The district is adding a health maintenance organization plan to its insurance offerings, which previously had consisted of a preferred provider organization plan. The HMO plan won't have a deductible and will be more affordable, but it will limit employees' coverage to a network of doctors.

"The HMO network is large, so the availability of providers is strong," Warren said.

Additionally, employees signed up for the PPO plan as single members will begin contributing financially to monthly premiums starting in the 2019-20 school year.

Costs for single teachers are covered by the district now and will be in the 2018-19 term. But employees will cover 2.5 percent of the premium starting in 2019 and 5 percent of the cost starting in 2020.

Teachers who have family insurance plans already contribute to their plans' premiums, and that will continue, Warren said.

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