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JCPS, teachers union reach tentative compensation agreement

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) have reached a tentative compensation agreement for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

The JCTA board of directors reviewed and approved the tentative agreement and recommends approval to the full JCTA membership, according to a news release from JCPS.

Under terms of the agreement:

  • Each teacher receives an increase of $820 for the 2014-15 school year, which exceeds the state-mandated one percent increase for all teachers and provides more than a two-percent increase for many beginning teachers.
  • A two percent raise will take effect for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Step increases will remain in effect for 2014-15 and 2015-16.
  • The extra service pay schedule will be increased by one percent for 2014-15 and two percent for 2015-16.

"I am pleased that we have worked with JCTA to reach an agreement that reinforces our commitment to competitively compensate our valued employees," said JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens. “Teachers have a direct impact on our students, and we continue to support their work without placing an additional financial burden on our families and the taxpayers of Jefferson County.”

“This innovative agreement values JCPS teachers and enhances our district's starting teacher salaries, which will help us attract and keep talented new teachers,” said JCTA President Brent McKim.

If JCTA members ratify the agreement, it likely would go to the Jefferson County Board of Education for a vote during its regularly scheduled September 22 meeting.

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