CVSD, CVEA ratify extension to existing contract

CVSD, CVEA ratify extension to existing contract
Posted on 09/06/2017
Cumberland Valley School District, Cumberland Valley Education Association Ratify Agreement on Contract Extension

(Mechanicsburg, Pa) – Cumberland Valley School District and the Cumberland Valley Education Association have ratified an agreement on a three-year extension to their current bargaining agreement.

The Board of School Directors voted at its Tuesday, Sept. 5, meeting to approve the extension while CVEA, which represents more than 600 professional staff members, ratified the agreement a week earlier.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to CVEA. By approving an extension to the existing contract, their membership is bringing to the Board a level of certainty regarding the district’s financial and staffing projections, which is both necessary and appreciated during this time of unprecedented growth in enrollment,” said Robert Walker, CVSD board member and chair of the Negotiations Committee.

The extension holds the terms of the existing contract in place. Additionally, it includes an average salary increase of 2.8 percent in each year of the extension, which is consistent with prior increases under the contract.

Healthcare contributions for employees participating in the District’s Wellness Plan will increase from 13.5 percent to 14 percent and non-wellness participants will rise from 16.5 percent to 17 percent through the duration of the contract. The agreement also calls for the establishment of a joint committee with CVEA to explore an option for, and become further educated about, the fundamentals and concepts of a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP) and Health Savings Account (HSA) for professional staff. Currently, the District offers a QHDHP with an optional HSA for its administrative staff.

Per the tentative agreement, new employees beginning in 2018 will be capped for reimbursement for graduate work at 84 credits.

District officials commend CVEA leadership for their willingness to work with the district as officials continue to balance increases in enrollment with the desire to keep property taxes among the lowest in the region. Since 2010, enrollments in the District have grown by more than 1,650 students. More than 9,000 students were enrolled for the opening day of school on August 21.

The extension will run from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2021.
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