SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Granite District Board of Education announced Thursday a tentative settlement agreement with the Granite Education Association that includes a pay raise for all its teachers.
Benjamin Horsley, Director of Communications for Granite School District, said the settlement agreement totals an 8.7% increase. Additionally, Granite teachers will not see an increase in health care premiums either.
Currently, teacher’s health care premiums range from $44 for single coverage to $285 for family coverage, which Horsley said is significantly below the average insurance costs from other Salt Lake County School Districts.
“One of the most innovative components of the Granite Benefit package is the new Employee Wellness Clinic which opens in just a few weeks and will provide free comprehensive medical and pharmaceutical services for all contract employees with no out of pocket cost,” said Horsley. “This is the first facility of its kind for a school district in the state of Utah”
Granite Board of Education President Karyn Winder said prospective and current employees who take a moment to net out salaries and benefits like this medical clinic will see that Granite has the best compensation and healthiest employees and families along the Wasatch Front.
“The GEA would like to thank the Granite School Board for their willingness to negotiate in good faith, to achieve the goal we share, to recruit and retain great teachers for every student in the Granite School District,” said Michael McDonough, The Granite Education Association President.
The tentative agreement was presented to the GEA board Wednesday night and will be presented to GEA representatives from every school in the District and ratification ballots will go out to members next Wednesday.
A final board authorization is anticipated at the board meeting on May 7, 2019.
Horsley also said the agreement lengthens the teacher contract to 190 days from 187, which is the longest teacher contract in the state of Utah.
“This demonstrates a commitment to recognize our teachers as full-time professionals and the desire to honor their professional development as well as their need for more planning time,” said Horsley. “Additionally, the GSD continues to make significant investments in support for teachers and students.”
The increase will boost teacher salaries from a starting range of $43,483 and topping out at $84,255 plus a 3% bonus annually.