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Board Statement Regarding Negotiations

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Between April 12 and June 15, 2018, representatives from the Galesburg-Augusta Board of Education and the Galesburg-Augusta Education Association met four times to negotiate a successor collective bargaining agreement (contract) to replace the contract which expired on June 30, 2018.  We currently have two dates for bargaining scheduled the week of August 13, 2018.  The negotiation teams have discussed contractual matters related to compensation, class size, extra-duty/coaching compensation, health care, leave options, teacher performance pay, professional development, retirement funding options, salary increases, and reimbursement of mileage and tuition.  The Board has and will continue to bargain in good faith to achieve a fair and increasingly competitive contract that hires and retains quality teachers for our students.   

The bargaining proposals made by the Board and GAEA are summarized below, with links to the actual proposals made to date.

For the 2018 – 2019 school year, the Board has proposed step increases and lane changes for all eligible teachers; as well as 5% salary increases for teachers on steps 1 – 5, and 4% salary increases for teachers on steps 6 – 20.    A “step” represents a higher salary level, while a “lane” is a salary increase based on credits earned after a Bachelor’s degree.  Traditionally, teachers have advanced a step based on a year of service.  The Board has proposed that a teacher will advance based on any of the following: 1) a highly effective overall rating,  or  2)  an effective overall rating,  or 3)  an effective rating on the 60% teacher performance portion and minimally effective on the student growth/performance (40%) on the teacher’s most recent annual performance evaluation.  All current GA teachers were rated effective or highly effective on their last performance evaluation. 

For the 2019 – 2020 school year, the Board has proposed step increases and lane changes for all eligible teachers so long as the audited student enrollment for October 2018 is 1,036 or above.  Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools had an official spring count in February of 2018 of 1,060.  If the Fall enrollment is more than 1,037, percentage increases in the salary schedule will be negotiated.  If student enrollment goes below 1036, all compensation for the 2019-2020 school year will be re-negotiated.  The step advancement will be the same as 2018 – 2019. 

The GAEA has proposed for 2018 – 2019 step increases and lane changes.  A 5% salary increase for teachers on steps 1-5 and a 4% increase for teachers on steps 6 – 20.  Those proposals are the same as the Board’s, the only difference being that the GAEA wants step increases to be based on years of service and not performance.

For 2019 – 2020 the GAEA has proposed step increases and lane changes as long as student enrollment (final audited October 2018 student count) is 990 or above.  If enrollment is 990 or more, percentage increases in the salary schedule will be negotiated.  Should student enrollment go below 990, all Schedule A compensation shall be re-negotiated. 

Links to the both team’s proposal as well as other items from the Board’s package proposal for which the negotiation teams have informally agreed upon can be found here:


Board Schedule A Proposal

GAEA Proposal

Other Items in the Package Proposal where agreement has been reached informally