The Idaho Falls District 91 school board has unanimously ratified a new teacher’s contract for the 2015-16 school year. The action came hours after the Idaho Falls Education Association voted unanimously to ratify its end of the agreement.
The school board’s action extends applicable provisions to the district’s administrative and classified staff.
According to the school district, the new contract provides a 3 percent increase in overall compensation. It includes restoration of days that were cut during previous years of budget reductions, and the return of a 190-day contract.
In addition, the new contract will provide a 2.5 percent increase in base pay. All full-time employees will be eligible for a one-time payment of at least $100 payable in December.
“Over the last five years, the district was forced to make more than $9 million in budget reductions,”said Superintendent George Boland. “These cuts have had an impact on all of our employees, and it’s nice to finally begin restoring some of that lost compensation.”