Teachers ratify new contract, drop lawsuits


Dr. Libbie Conner

The Noblesville School Board and the Noblesville Teachers Forum have ratified a contract for the 2011-12 school year. The contract sets the beginning teacher’s base salary at no less than $35,100 and provides pay increases of at least 3 percent for all teachers. The pay raises are retroactive to the beginning of the school year.

Officials said the agreement allows Noblesville Schools to offer more competitive starting salaries and grants increases to all teachers, including teachers with higher levels of seniority who have not had a raise in four years.

“We feel good that we have reached a fair settlement with teachers, all of whom have been greatly affected by our cost-cutting measures the past three years,” said Superintendent Libbie Conner. “The new compensation model ensures a raise to all teachers and creates a more competitive salary on which to base raises in the future under the new laws.”

Duska Landry

This is the first time the school district and the teachers’ forum have negotiated an agreement under the new state laws passed by the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year.

“I am so glad that the teachers and the school board have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining contract,” said Duska Landry, president of the teachers’ forum. “I want to express my appreciation to the Noblesville school board members, Superintendent Conner, the Noblesville Teachers Forum bargaining team, the Noblesville teachers, and all others concerned for finding a way to reach an agreement under Indiana’s new collective bargaining law.”

Landry said it was not knowing how the new law would be interpreted that led to many of the problems the two parties encountered as they tried to reach agreement.

“I look forward to a more positive and equally successful bargaining in the future,” she said.

In addition to ratifying the contract, the forum agreed to drop the recent lawsuit filed against Noblesville Schools that it had filed in Hamilton County Superior Court, as well as the two unfair labor practice complaints filed with the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board.

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