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After three years of negotiations, the Substitute Teacher Chapter-Port Washington Teachers Association and the school district settled the contract that expired on June 30, 1995. The newly settled contract will expire on June 30, 2001.

The contract remains the same, with the following exceptions: Salary and Back pay adjustments.

For the 1995-96 and 1996-97 school years, substitutes who worked a minimum of 20 school days at a per diem rate will be paid $1 per day for each day actually worked. The district will use reasonable efforts to locate the substitutes eligible for the sum described herein;

For the period of Sept. 1, 1997 through April 14, 1998, all substitutes who worked a per diem rate will be paid $1 per day for each day actually worked.

From April 15, 1998 through the end of the 1997-98 school year, the following rates will be paid in each of the four categories: $93, $102, $107 and $110.

Effective July 1, 1998 and for the duration of the contract, per diem substitute teachers will be paid in accordance with the following schedule:

Service: '98-99 '99-2000 2000-2001
Up to 19 days $95 $96 $97
20-89 days $103 $104 $105
90+ days this year $108 $109 $110
90+ days prior year $112 $113 $114
The pay scale for the 94-95 school was:
Up to 20 days $88
after 20 days $98
after 90 days $104
after 90 days of $108
service in the previous year

Another change concerns the Step and Scale Clause. This involves additional pay for a teacher who subs for a teacher who is absent, perhaps with a serious illness or one on maternity leave. If the substitute covers for the same teacher for the same extended period, they then start being paid at 1/200th the rate of whatever step and scale they are eligible for. The language for the change agreed upon is from "more than 15 days" to "more than 20 days."

A Side Letter of Agreement signed by Marie Anne Cariello, president of the Port Washington Teachers' Association, concerns unemployment benefits for the substitutes. (Under certain conditions, subs can collect unemployment.) It states that the association will use its best efforts to review potential unemployment claims with a member of the substitute unit contemplating filing such a claim. Furthermore, the association agrees to use its best efforts to discuss the merits of the potential claims with the member so the member can make an informed decision concerning whether to proceed with said claim.

When asked to comment on the contract, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Ann Israel said, "It was a long drawn out negotitation. We are happy to see it amicably resolved. We value the work the subs perform. Without them we would have considerable difficulty. They're a very dedicated group and provide valuable services to the school district."

Jeanne Maestro, president of the Substitute Teachers Council, commented, "I'm glad it's finally been approved by the board. It's been too long a time for any bargaining group to wait for a contract."

Copies of the contract will be available shortly.

(Ed.'s note: The rest of the school board report will be in next week's issue.)

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