MONTICELLO, Ill. (WAND) — The Monticello CUSD #25 Board of Directors has approved an agreement with the Monticello Education Association on a new four-year contract.
Negotiations ended on April 27 and the agreement was ratified by the MEA on May 3.
The new contract increases base pay by an average of 2.5% per year, raising teachers’ starting salaries from $38,800 this year to $43,000 over the term of the contract. Further increases in annual increases were made which impacted teachers after their tenth year of teaching and upon obtaining a master’s degree.
With the new contract, teachers will see an average salary increase of 4.85% per year over four years.
Cooks, caretakers, secretaries and helpers will see the same average increases as teachers.
Starting rates will be set at $15.00 for cooks, $18.93 for caretakers, $16.00 for secretaries and $18.00 for helpers for the duration of the contract.
The board and MEA also agreed to increase health insurance contributions in the last two years of the contract, increase allowances for teachers who are also coaches, pay coaches who drive vans Competition-wise, new allowances for HS GSA Club, MS Garden Club, and MS Symphonic Band, AP teachers, PK-5 Special Ed teachers, speech pathologists and social workers.
Pay rates have also increased for game day workers, dance chaperones, extended post-season days and unused sick days upon retirement.
The new contract will run for the 2025-2026 school year.
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