Rockwood Teachers Secure New Salary Agreement

Rockwood National Education Association (RNEA) and Rockwood School District officials agreed to a two-year salary package with a 5.5 percent increase, per an announcement made Thursday at the Rockwood board of education meeting.

teachers will receive a 2.75 percent increase during the 2012-2013 school year, and another 2.75 percent increase during the 2013-2014 school year, according to an agreement announced Thursday at the Rockwood board of education meeting held at Crestview Middle School in Ellisville. The motion to pass the agreement passed unanimously.

The agreement contains a clause for the 2013-2014 school year only, which reopens salary negotiations if an increase or decrease of 5 percent deviation occurs in the district's total operating revenue.

Rockwood Superintendent Bruce Borchers said the district's officials believed the agreement was fair, given the Rockwood's financial limitations. "We must be able to attract and retain the best teachers in the state."

The current contract with RNEA expires June 30. District and RNEA representatives met in the fall and established ground rules for what they deemed "Interest Based Bargaining" on Oct. 27.

RNEA President Suzanne Dotta stated in a joint news release that RNEA leaders were pleased to recommend this contract for ratification, which occurred at RNEA meetings held Feb. 14-22 with a vote of 404 in favor and 20 opposed.

One change reflects counselors' future roles, including counseling philosophies, expectations and priorities. District representatives will meet with principals to discuss sharing duties that cannot be part of counselor duties.

Another change is that a committee among elementary staffers will be established to review procedures in crises or unique situations. Committee members will hold meetings twice a year with lead teachers in buildings to review new procedures and expectations.

The district also will establish elementary and secondary committees to continue work regarding standards based grading.

To review the full agreement, click here.

"Rockwood teachers are focused on helping all students be successful," stated Dotta. "RNEA and the district have created an agreement that honors the commitment and professionalism of our dedicated teachers."

Eileen Tyrrell March 11, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Josh: Your comment referring to "myths and inconsistencies posted online", is directly under my comments regarding a few financial facts. Josh, these figures come straight from the 2011 RSD Comprehensive Financial Report on the RSD webiste. Here is the link: http://www.rockwood.k12.mo.us/finance/Pages/default.aspx I respectfully ask that you clarify what myths and inconsistencies you were referring to, especially since you posted it directly under my comment. Thank you.
Josh March 11, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Eileen, Your post seems to argue against Proposition R and I was simply pointing out a site that argues for the bond issue. The site www.buildrfutures.com does a good job educating everyone about Proposition R and answers many misconceptions people have regarding bond issues in general. The site shows what the bond will pay for, what each school gains and explains how everything is paid for.
Eileen Tyrrell March 11, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Josh, it is one thing to direct people to a site which provides them with information about PROP R and another to refer to FACTUAL FINANCIAL information linked and referenced; as "myths and inconsistencies". No myths here: Bond debt principal and interest is $295,955,508.00 with a general obligation through 2027. Let me break it down for the readers: This is the bond debt BEFORE the proposed $43 million from PROP R. *Principal: 231,810,000.00 Interest: 64,145,508.00 Josh, how about you ask the master of the website buildrfutures.com you refer Patch readers to; to inform the voters that IF Prop R passes what would be the TOTAL BOND DEBT broken down in prinicpal and interest and how many more years BEYOND 2027 will it extend the TAXPAYERS GENERAL OBLIGATION. Now, that would be equitable information.
Michael Rhodes March 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Pam. Not trying to speak for Josh, but I can tell you what I have seen. Most against the Bond Issue put it out there like it is a "new" tax or that home owners property taxes will go up with the bond issue. They also indicate that there are other ways to meet the infrastructure needs using the opperations budget. There was a post on here (since deleted) that said RS for RS had provided solution reports to that effect. Kind of like your statement "Rockwood wastes a TON of money". It may be true and it depends on what you mean by it. I guess I would ike to see the specifics behind that as well. I know some do not like the current super and that he hired co-workers to work here with him and consider that a waste. Although I think that should have been handled better I don't have an issue with it. It happens in the private sector. That is why some companies make employees sign an agreement limiting recruitment of co-workers (mine is 1 year for example). Both sides will try to convince voters and it is up to the voters to weed through it and vote they way they think is best for themselves (only a few will care what is best for the district) their focus will solely be on thier tax rate. We have a great school district and pass or fail it will stay that way for a few years to come. 10 or 20 years down the road could be a different story though.
Michael Rhodes March 12, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Just to be clear I do support the bond issue for a couple of reasons. With the economy still in early stages of recovery (hopefully) interest rates are low and with the construction industry begging for work I think the district will get more for it's dollar now than in the past. Now, maybe next year it would be better, but indicators are showing a recovery has started (although slowly). Which means higher interest rates and greater costs could becoming. Waiting a year or two could actually decrease what can be done for the same money (could also increase if the economy slides again). Kind of like gambling in that respect. Also, I think if we wait to make sure there was no waste (soem have sugegsted placing the bond after the state audit is completed) we could be impacting classroom education. Should the bond not pass some of these infrastructure repairs will still have to be done. That will have to come out of the operations budget. Which means less money for the classroom (teachers/books/music/art) could all be impacted.


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