Atlantic School Board approves 2-yr agreement w/Non-Certified Staff


May 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education Tuesday night, approved a two-year agreement with the District’s Non-Certified Staff, amounting to a 2.5% pay increase for all employees. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said the district would cover the health premium and IPERS increases, and move the vacation day from a half- to a full-day (News Year’s Eve day). The agreement also includes a freeze in the salary schedule, and an advancement for 39 experienced employees only. The Longevity amount range would be increased from 39.5-cents to a more easily calculated 40-cents. The total package increase for the 2012-2013 school year amounts to a little more than 4.52-percent.

For the 2013-2014 School Year, there be a 2.55-percent pay increase for all employees, in addition to covering the costs for mandatory training for any employees who need to be re-certified in certain areas. The total package for 2013-2012 amounts 4.56%, for an average two-year total of 4.54%. Amstein recommended the Board approve the package, because of its similarity to the package the District agreed to, with its Certified Staff.

Amstein says the cost of IPERS increases is not factored in to the 2013-2014 school year contract, because it’s an unknown factor. Only the language in the contract would be renegotiated. If there’s an increase, the employees would have to absord that cost for that year.  Amstein said he thinks it’s a “Very Fair” contract, that helps the District budget for next year and the upcoming year, by knowing what the major costs will be, with 80-percent of the budget being employee salaries. The total dollar amount of the package was not available at last night’s meeting.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board approved the 2011-2012 Certified Budget Amendment, which Business Manager and Board Secretary Mary Beth Fast said wouldn’t exceed the total amount certified earlier this year. The largest expenditures in the amended budget are expected to come in the form of Non-Instructional Programs, such as nutrition and the management fund. Another increase was in the area of Capital Expenditures. Fast says when they certified the budget one-year ago, they didn’t know what the timing of the payments was going to be to the architects and engineers. Now that they do, Fast said they realized they would be over the amount specified in the certified budget. She says she’s “Comfortable with the numbers that have been published…” that the District would stay within its budget. A repercussion of not doing so, she said, would be that it would show up in the Audit report.