Lake Central board OKs teachers pact

2013-10-07T20:51:00Z 2013-10-08T00:21:16Z Lake Central board OKs teachers pactLU ANN FRANKLIN Times Correspondent
October 07, 2013 8:51 pm  • 

ST. JOHN | The Lake Central School Corp. board unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement Monday with the Lake Central Teachers’ Association.

LCTA President Robert Gustas and Larry Veracco, the district's superintendent, had signed the agreement Wednesday. The LCTA is an affiliate of the Indiana State Teachers’ Association and the National Education Association and the official representative of certified personnel.

The agreement is effective from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2014.

“This took a lot of hard work between the Lake Central Teachers Association and the corporation,” said George Baranowski, School Board president.

The agreement covers a wide range of leaves for personal illness/family illness, personal business, workers’ compensation for on-the-job injuries, professional leave, bereavement, military leave, maternity/paternity/adoptive, emergencies, sabbaticals and jury duty.

Among the other areas of the agreement are professional compensation, insurance, retirement benefits and a 401(a) plan.

In other business, the board heard reports on average daily membership, the count of students present in classes on Sept. 13.

The ADM survey showed a decline of 178.5 students over last year, said Al Gandolfi, assistant superintendent.

“This count is very important to us because it is tied to how much money we’ll receive from the state,” Gandolfi said.

One telling factor, he said, is the gap between the 819 seniors who graduated in 2013 and the 583 kindergarteners who are currently enrolled.

Rob James, director of business services, said the district won’t be hit as hard with a loss of revenue because of retirements and other personnel changes.

During the period for comments, John DeVries presented information comparing the amounts of money Tri-Town residents pay for the Lake Central school referendum and the new Lake County option income tax.

“A family with an income of $50,000 will pay $750 per year for the county option income tax. They won’t see anything for those” DeVries said.

“For the referendum, a $200,000 home will pay just $150 per year for two school building projects. People are seeing something for their money with this.”

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