QUINCY — Quincy Public Schools and its largest union have reached a tentative agreement on a new multi-year contract.
Negotiators for the school board and the Quincy Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Personnel signed the agreement during a bargaining session Wednesday night.
“We looked at the things our members asked us to look at. We have addressed all of these issues. We are excited to introduce this to our members,” said Brandi Many, QF Teachers Subgroup Chair.
The union is planning a Tuesday briefing with members, Many said, and online voting to ratify the contract will remain open until midnight Thursday May 12.
Many will share the results with Superintendent Roy Webb and council negotiators Chairman Sayeed Ali and Vice Chairman Shelley Arns on Friday, May 13. Ali and Arns will present the contract to board members for a vote at the Wednesday, May 18 meeting.
The current one-year deal expires on June 30.
Arns said reaching the tentative agreement is “good news” for the school district and its staff, especially before classes end.
“Finishing it before the end of the school year is another thing for employees and something to look forward to for years to come,” Arns said.
“The school board has been very candid about our position, our finances. We appreciate that members take this into account and understand that we want to show our best faith and best efforts to make our offer to them.
Both sides described the talks, which began in December, as going well.
“It was a collaborative process where we discussed issues and then came to a conclusion, a workable solution, together,” Many said. “The reason we were able to act quickly is that we established this positive collaborative relationship not only with the board but also with the board office. We have common goals. »
At the April school board meeting, Webb said negotiations were going well and he hoped to conclude in May.
“We were really encouraged at the end of our last meeting in April. We knew we were very close,” Arns said.
But there have been challenges to overcome, from rising costs to meeting state mandates on teacher minimum wages and minimum wages.
“We want to be as competitive as possible, but at the same time be fiscally responsible to our community,” Arns said.
QF, with a total of approximately 650 members, represents teachers, paraprofessionals, janitors, food service workers, transportation workers, secretaries and security. The chairs of each subgroup participated in the negotiations.
QPS Chief of Business Operations Ryan Whicker, Director of People Lisa Otten and Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Kim Dinkheller also participated in discussions with QPS directors working with each sub. – trade union group.
Arns thanked everyone involved in the negotiations for their time.
“It’s a lot of time in the late afternoon and evening when they should be home with their families,” she said. “I appreciate the time they put into securing a contract that is good for everyone.”