Agreement reached on Wall teacher contract

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Wall Township Board of Education building. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR

WALL TOWNSHIP — The Wall Township Board of Education and the Wall Township Education Association [WTEA] have reached a Memorandum of Agreement [MOA] for the contract that expired on June 30, 2016.

The MOA was unanimously approved by board members who were eligible to vote, with Robin Lynch, Jeffrey Seidel, Ralph Addonizio and President Allison Connolly having to recuse themselves due to familial connections.

According to Vice President Robin Zawodniak, the negotiations committee met on Tuesday, June 6, when a five-hour meeting took place before finally coming to an agreement.

Superintendent Cheryl Dyer, Board Attorney Michael Gross, board members Ernest Bongiovanni, Michael McArthur, Dori Molloy and Mrs. Zawodniak were present as representatives of the board, with the WTEA negotiations team in a separate room, Ms. Zawodniak said.

The contract term will be three years, beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2019. Salaries will be increased by “‘increment only’” with each unit member moving “one step toward maximum on the 2015-16 salary guide” effective July 1/Sept. 1 of each year, beginning in 2016, the MOA states.

Support staff will be increased 1 percent each year in addition to the incremental salary movement.

The MOA confirms the base plan for health insurance coverage for unit members will be Direct 15, and, “All unit members shall have the option of selecting plans with reduced premiums during open enrollment periods,” effective July 1, 2017.

Health insurance contributions will continue in accordance with the state contribution schedule, with no member contributing more than 18 percent of the total cost of health benefit levels selected.

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