Bucks County Herald

Pennridge board and staff reach tentative contract agreement

The Pennridge School Board and the Pennridge Education Association have agreed to a tentative five-year contract agreement.

“A great deal of time, effort and thoughtfulness was dedicated to this process by the board, PEA leadership, and the administration,” said Megan Banis-Clemens, school board president. “The result is a fair, long-term contract that offers financial stability to both the teachers and the District.

Some insurance offsets are in place that will carry over to the administration, including a prescription drug plan that offers additional options and more favorable coverage, on average, to employees at a lower cost to the district.

“In addition to the financial piece, this agreement focuses on ways to improve support for our teachers in the classroom. Teachers at the elementary level will receive more planning time that is dispersed more equitably and is more in line with the secondary level,” Banis-Clemens said

A few highlights are the expansion of universities to include online opportunities for continuing education and tuition reimbursement, a one-year employment commitment from teachers who receive tuition reimbursement, earlier retirement announcements to help the district plan more accurately for the budget and class sizes, and incentivizing teaching a sixth section at the secondary level, which can reduce class sizes and offer additional opportunities for more students when needed.

PEA ratified the agreement on Aug. 29. The school directors will be voting on the contract at the next board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at Pennridge High School.


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