Park City School District Ratifies Contract Including Salary Raises, $1.7M for COVID-19

Aug 27, 2020

Credit Park City School District

 

At its meeting Wednesday night, the Park City Board of Education ratified the contract negotiated by the Park City Education Association, including a raise in all salaries.

 

School board President Andrew Caplan says under this teacher contract, all employees will get a raise. The contract is a four-year agreement which will increase rates for teachers with masters and bachelor’s degrees by as much as 24% through the four-year contract period. 

 

“A strong message we are trying to send to all our employees that we recognize that the cost of living continues to go up,” Caplan said. “We also recognize we have a shared interest to attract and retain the best people in our schools and so that’s what we’re trying to do. Specifically, the contract with PCEA is a four-year deal where rates go up between 18 and 24%. It’s a significant increase and one that is intentional and fulfills the PCEA’s ask.”

 

Caplan, acknowledging the notoriously low teacher wages in Utah, hopes the PCEA contract will prompt a teacher compensation reset statewide.

 

“There’s a shared interest across the state for higher wages for educational employees. It's not just here in Park City. That's across the state and so, we hope that this is for everyone else as well.” 

 

The Board of Education approved the compensation line item to the 20/21 budget for $2,433,944. 

 

An additional $1.7 million was added for COVID-19 related mitigation costs.At its meeting Wednesday night, the Park City Board of Education ratified the contract negotiated by the Park City Education Association, including a raise in all salaries.

 

School board President Andrew Caplan says under this teacher contract, all employees will get a raise. The contract is a four-year agreement which will increase rates for teachers with masters and bachelor’s degrees by as much as 24% through the four-year contract period. 

 

“A strong message we are trying to send to all our employees that we recognize that the cost of living continues to go up,” Caplan said. “We also recognize we have a shared interest to attract and retain the best people in our schools and so that’s what we’re trying to do. Specifically, the contract with PCEA is a four-year deal where rates go up between 18 and 24%. It’s a significant increase and one that is intentional and fulfills the PCEA’s ask.”

 

Caplan, acknowledging the notoriously low teacher wages in Utah, hopes the PCEA contract will prompt a teacher compensation reset statewide.

 

“There’s a shared interest across the state for higher wages for educational employees. It's not just here in Park City. That's across the state and so, we hope that this is for everyone else as well.” 

 

The Board of Education approved the compensation line item to the 20/21 budget for $2,433,944. 

 

An additional $1.7 million was added for COVID-19 related mitigation costs.