Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

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By Daniel Laverty

Jeffco teacher salaries will remain at 2013-14 levels entering September after the school board rejected a fact-finder’s recommendations at Thursday’s school board meeting in Golden.

A tentative contract agreement reached by bargaining teams would have given raises to educators rated “effective” and “highly effective,” but teachers rated “partially effective” would also have received a pay increase.

The fact-finding report, which was released Thursday morning, also recommended that the district and the teachers union develop a new evaluation and compensation system for the upcoming school year.

School board President Ken Witt presented a model that provides raises for only “effective” and “highly effective.”

The board will discuss salary models at a future meeting.

Contract negotiations between the district and the teachers union were held in public this year for the first time. Negotiations began in March but ended after the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table in April.

Closed-door negotiations followed and led to a tentative agreement between the union’s and the district’s bargaining teams. The school board rejected the agreement in June, however, because of the provision giving teachers ranked “partially effective” a pay increase.

The current contract between the district and teachers union expires in August 2015.

Read the Sept. 3 print edition for a full version of this story.