CVEA, CVSD reach tentative agreement on contract extension

CVEA, CVSD reach tentative agreement on contract extension
Posted on 08/17/2017
(Joint Release by CVSD and CVEA)

Cumberland Valley School District and the Cumberland Valley Education Association, which represents more than 600 professional staff members, have reached a tentative agreement on an extension to their current bargaining agreement.

"We are not surprised that the U.S Census Bureau identified Cumberland County as the fastest growing county in Pennsylvania from 2000-2016. As we struggle to balance unprecedented enrollments with the need to keep our property taxes among the lowest in the region, the contract extension provides a level of stability for financial planning that affords the Board a better opportunity to manage the impact of factors beyond our control,” said Robert Walker, CVSD board member and chair of the negotiations committee.

CVEA President Sara Shoop added, “The students of the Cumberland Valley School District receive a first rate education from dedicated administrators, support professionals, and teachers. I feel that we reached a deal that fairly compensates our teachers while providing the district with the financial flexibility to achieve our long term goals.”

District officials commend CVEA leadership for their willingness to work with the district to bring a level of certainty during a time of extraordinary growth in student enrollment, the introduction of new attendance boundaries resulting in the redistribution of more than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff, and the opening of two new schools in 2018/19. Since 2010, enrollments in the district have grown by more than 1,650 students. More than 9,000 students are enrolled for the opening day of school on Monday, August 21.

CVEA has tentatively scheduled a contract ratification vote for August 28, 2017, and the Board is slated to approve the contract on September 6, 2017.
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