WARSAW — The Warsaw Board of School Trustees had a special meeting tonight, Sept. 29, to bring forward the teacher contracts for the 2015-2016 school year.
David Hoffert, Superintendent, brought forward the new contracts by way of reading a press release to the board. He said, “While enrollment and state funding have stayed relatively flat for Warsaw Community Schools, all parties involved have actively and efficiently limited spending, thus creating the fiscal environment supporting this contract.”
“WCS has been under the new Indiana contract laws for three years. Indiana state code limits pay increase to only educators receiving an effective or highly effective evaluation rating during the 2014-15 school year,” he continued.
Hoffert went on to read that “for the eligible certified WCS teachers, the maximum increase possible will be $700 on the base salary or roughly a 1.5 percent increase on the current average salary.”
“WCS is still awaiting ISTEP results. These results partially account for teacher evaluation data as prescribed by Indiana law. Increases retroactive to the start of the 2015-2016 school year will occur once finalized data is provided by the Indiana State Board of Education. Initial timelines from the Indiana Department of Education estimate release of ISTEP data between December and April.”
The new contracts were approved by six of the seven board members. The only one not to approve was Matt Dick, whose wife works at Washington Elementary School. He abstained from the vote due to conflict of interest.