FWCS Board Approves Contracts with FWEA, AFSCME - November 13, 2018

Record Number: 17425
Displayed from: Nov 13, 2018 , until: Jan 13, 2019

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved contracts Monday, Nov. 12, with the Fort Wayne Education Association (FWEA), which represents teachers, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which represents FWCS secretaries, media clerks, assistants, clerks, hearing and visually impaired interpreters, groundskeepers and nutrition services employees.

FWCS and FWEA approved a two-year contract last year, which does not expire until June 30, 2019. However, the contract included a reopener to negotiate several items, including the creation of a career ladder, compensation for teachers through a U.S. Department of Education grant, and an incentive for teachers who are required to complete additional coursework to maintain the proper certification needed to teach dual-credit courses.

The renegotiated FWEA contract includes:

  • The establishment of a career ladder, which includes a pilot mentoring program to begin in the 2019-20 school year. Experienced teachers will receive $3,050 to mentor teachers who are new or new to the District.
  • The creation of Curriculum Collaborators, teachers who are willing to write and pilot new curriculum at a rate of $45 per hour for additional hours worked.
  • A one-time stipend of $1,500 for all teachers rated effective or highly effective based on their performance during the 2017-18 school year.
  • An additional one-time stipend of $1,100 for teachers at the top of their salary schedule who were rated effective or highly effective based on their performance during the 2017-18 school year.
  • A commitment agreement stipend for teachers in one of 20 schools identified by FWCS as being complex. Teachers who sign a commitment agreement to work at the school from 2019 through 2022 will receive a one-time bonus of $1,500.
  • In addition, teachers at the 20 complex schools will receive $2,000 per year as a retention bonus through 2022.
  • A one-time stipend of $3,500 for teachers who complete the coursework necessary to teach a dual-credit course.

 The two-year AFSCME contract provides a 4 percent increase in wages effective at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.