By Tina Snell
Contract agreements were reached with Little Falls School District employees with little fanfare. The groups with new contracts include Minnesota State Education Association (MSEA) specialists, MSEA food service employees, MSEA secretaries and paraprofessionals, MSEA business office clerks and the superintendent.
All agreed on a three-year contract which include benefits.
The specialists will receive a 3.98 percent increase (a total package of $136,835) for the 2014-15 school year, a 2.69 percent increase ($140,513) for the 2015-16 school year and a 2.22 percent increase ($143,630) for the 2016-17 school year.
The food service employees will receive a 5.18 percent increase ($480,882) for the 2014-15 school year, a 1.86 percent increase ($489,826) for the 2015-16 school year and a 1.89 percent increase ($499,108) for the 2016-17 school year.
The secretaries and paraprofessionals contract states they will receive a 5.97 percent increase ($2,563,257) in the 2014-15 school year, a 1.07 percent increase ($2,590,788) in the 2015-16 school year and a 2.01 percent increase ($2,642,830) for the 2016-17 school year.
The business office clerks agreed to a 5.93 percent increase ($295,293) for the 2014-15 school year, a 1.35 percent increase ($299,272) for the 2015-16 school year and a 1.59 percent increase ($304,034) for the 2016-17 school year.
Business Manager Nancy Henderson said negotiations went exceedingly well.
“The specialists, the food service employees and the secretary/paraprofessional contracts were all negotiated in one day,” she said.
Superintendent Stephen Jones also agreed on a three-year contract beginning with the 2015-16 school year. At that time, he will receive a 4.87 percent increase ($211,867). For the 2016-17 school year, he will receive a 2.21 percent increase ($216,541) and a 1.88 percent increase for the 2017-18 school year ($220,604).
“(Supt. Stephen) Jones was offered a 2 percent increase on his salary each year before benefits, but he negotiated down to a 1.75 percent increase,” said Councilman Brad Laager. “That’s the first time that has ever happened.”