Published DateConway School Board and the Conway Education Association teachers' union have reached an agreement on a new two-year contract. A chief feature of the contract is that it does away with a merit-pay system and replaces it with across-the-board raises based on the Social Security index. The proposed contract would also increase the starting teacher salary by $500 to $30,500, excluding benefits. Total cost increase of the contract over two years is $497,101. The school board voted 4-1 in support of the contract, and only one member of the teachers' union voted in opposition. Voters will be asked to ratify the contract in April. "This was one of the better bargaining sessions we've had," said Curtis Finney, president of the teachers' union. "Although neither side walked away from the table completely happy, both were able to agree that this is a good, fair contract."
This week's Tele-Talk question: Do you support the new Conway teachers' contract?