Carmel teachers to receive biggest raise in more than a decade

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Teachers at Carmel Clay Schools will receive their biggest raise in more than 10 years after the district and Carmel Teachers Association recently approved a two-year collective bargaining agreement.

For the current school year, teachers will receive a 4 percent raise plus increment, and in the 2020-21 school year they will get a 2 percent raise plus increment. They also will see a 50 percent increase in life insurance coverage and a new leave for foster parents.

“The Carmel Teachers’ Association is thrilled for the teachers and students of Carmel Clay Schools,” CTA President Pete O’Hara stated in a press release. “We cannot express enough how much we appreciate the board and administration of Carmel Clay Schools for their cooperative effort to resolve this contract quickly and in the best interests of all involved. This is a great contract for our entire community.”

CCS Supt. Michael Beresford said both sides took a transparent and collaborative approach in reaching the agreement.

“School budgets are difficult to balance, and the teams focused on creating a fair and responsible contract,” he stated in a press release. “While teacher pay in Indiana has not kept up with the cost of living, this agreement represents the highest raise CCS teachers have received in over ten years. We will continue to invest in our team and keep CCS competitive with surrounding districts.”

The agreement is funded through the state and a referendum approved by Carmel voters. It’s also made possible through the state covering a portion of retirement funds, freeing up school districts to allocate more dollars for teachers.

Read the full agreement at resources.finalsite.net/images/v1570450306/ccsk12inus/zl84gohdygmzqqugpy4b/2019-2021CCS_CTAContract.pdf.

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