Brownstown teachers reach tentative deal

BROWNSTOWN — The Brownstown Central Classroom Teachers Association has reached a tentative one-year contract with the school corporation.

A state-required public hearing to introduce that deal was held during a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Brownstown Central Community School Corp. administration building.

The agreement is scheduled to be brought up for ratification during the board’s regularly scheduled November meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 608 W. Commerce St., Brownstown.

Superintendent Tim Taylor briefly discussed the proposed 2022-23 contract during the public hearing, in which no one spoke in favor of or against it.

Taylor said teachers with a salary of less than $44,500 will receive a $1,000 raise and a $2,500 stipend.

“Teachers with a salary more than $44,500 and less than $61,500 will receive a $3,000 raise and a $500 stipend,” he said. “Teachers with a salary more than $61,500 will receive a $500 raise and a $3,000 stipend.”

Taylor said there are probably two or three salaries that kind of vary on the salary schedule.

He said the contract allows the corporation to be able to raise the salaries of the group of teachers in the middle salary range, which corporation officials have been talking about doing for a while, and it also raises the starting teacher salary.

“The starting salary went from $43,000 to $44,000,” he said.

The deal also increases the corporation’s contribution to health care by $600, bringing the total contribution to $8,500 annually for a single plan and $13,500 for a family plan, he said.

There also were some other changes, mainly language and a couple of other errors that had been corrected, Taylor said.

“There was some good work on both sides to get where we are at,” he said.

The corporation’s negotiating team consisted of Taylor, Assistant Superintendent Jade Peters, school board member Paul Borden and corporation treasurer Patsy Hess, while members of the teachers association team were John Lawson, Corey Lanier, Paula Workman, Anna Hochstedler, Jennifer Peak, Angie Sibrel and Kasey Proehl.