Vineland Board of Education Approves New Agreement with Education Association

VINELAND - After much negotiation, The Vineland Board of Education and the Vineland Education Association have come to terms on a new agreement during a special meeting on Monday, June 15.
The agreement covers both teachers and secretarial staff and provides a term of three years - from July 1st, 2015 through June 30th, 2018. It calls for teachers at Vineland High School to have an additional thirty minutes of teacher-pupil contact time, which will provide a benefit for the education of the high school students. The agreement acknowledges the change from a nine-period day to an eight-period day at the high school but maintains that a teacher can be required to teach up to six instructional classes.
This change will be effective for the 2015-2016 school year and provides the District savings due to a reduction in personnel costs associated with staffing an eight-period day.
In addition, the agreement calls for a modification of health care benefits and locks in the employee health benefit contribution rate for an additional three years. The agreement will eliminate health care opt-out pay for employees whose spouses or civil union partner are also employed by the Vineland School District.
The Board also agreed to an increase in total new money of 2.5% per annum. The 2.5% includes all step increases.