Although the ceremony of the three new Board of Education members was the highlight of the night for many on Wednesday, the board also got down to business and approved a raise for teachers of the district.
Earlier this month, the district announced that the administration and the Ferguson-Florissant National Education Association (NEA) reached an agreement of a 3.49-percent increase for the 2011-12 academic year.
“In these trying times, it feels good to be able to reward employees for the invaluable work they do,” said former Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education Les Lentz, who worked in the negotiations. “We want them to know how much they are appreciated.”
The district’s NEA president Sandra Goforth-McDougal said that the negotiations were challenging, and even with the current agreement, there will be more work to do in the future.
“It was challenging,” she said. “In many ways, I am pleased with the outcome. There are some areas that we need to work further and we will.”
After being approved unanimously by the board, the increase will take effect on July 1 for the 2011-2012 school year.