On Monday evening, Sept. 12, the board of education approved a tentative agreement with the Cobleskill-Richmondville Teachers Association (CRTA) outlining the terms of a new four-year agreement to succeed the collective bargaining agreement that expired on June 30, 2016.
The district commenced negotiations with the Cobleskill-Richmondville Teachers Association in February of 2016. The two teams have met regularly over the past seven months to negotiate this agreement.
The four-year agreement includes a competitive salary schedule as well as increases to co-curricular, leadership, and extracurricular stipends. The agreement also phases out the pro-ration of salaries for registered nurses, significantly restructures the salary schedule, standardizes payment for earned degrees and credits, eliminates the salary conversion chart (for prior experience), and includes new stipends for coaching longevity.
In addition, the agreement includes language changes advanced by the district’s team in the areas of payroll administration, required medical evaluations, jury duty service, grievance arbitration, and the recognition clause as it relates to substitute teachers.
The agreement maintains health insurance coverages as provided in the expiring contract.
And finally, the agreement permits up to two unused snow/emergency closing dates to be utilized to extend a school recess or weekend.
“This new agreement will strengthen our district’s ability to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers, nurses, counselors, and other certified educators to serve our children,” said Superintendent Carl Mummenthey.
“Our three-year strategic plan for school excellence depends heavily on high-quality classroom instruction in every classroom,” he continued. “In a highly competitive market, this contract will enable us to recruit and retain the high caliber teachers our students need and deserve.”
“On behalf of the Cobleskill-Richmondville Teacher’s Association we would like to thank Mr. Mummenthey and the C-R school board for their time, effort, and commitment in helping to create a district where teachers are respected and valued,” said Chris Baron, social studies teacher and CRTA 1st Vice President. “We are all a key part in helping to make the C-R community reach its potential as one of the top districts in New York State. Mr. Mummenthey and the board of education have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment toward our joint goal of providing the best opportunities for ‘Every Child, Every Day.’”
The contract was ratified by 93 percent of CRTA members – an “overwhelming” show of approval, said Dawn Townsend, Elementary math teacher and CRTA President.
“Our membership is excited about the new agreement, and very pleased knowing there was a tentative agreement in place as we started the school year,” she said. “The board’s unanimous approval shows that they value and respect the teachers of C-R and that they recognize the important work that we do every day.”
Board President Bruce Tryon echoed that sentiment:
“The agreement that was unanimously approved by the board of education Monday night illustrates the admiration and unwavering respect that we have for the exceptional and increasing difficult work being done by the professional teaching staff here at Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School,” he said.