DALLAS -- Staff at Morrison Alternative Charter High School will be starting the year with a contract. Agreement was reached between the staff and the charter school's administration and board with an Aug. 30 mediation session
"We're doing it for the kids. We have agreed to more contract days for fewer dollars (than the Dallas District staff)," was the post-mediation summary offered by Ken Guffey, a Morrison teacher.
"We've got a good contract," said Executive Director Don Wildfang. "It's fair for teachers and kids. We can focus on the program."
The contract will stay in force through the 2005-06 school year. It provides the teaching staff with $300 for supplies for each room with approval by Wildfang.
It also provides staff with up to $1,000 reimbursement for expenses associated with professional growth. Such expenses might include tuition or other fees.
The two non-teaching staff members receive re-classification on the pay chart and increases in their pay as well.
The three teaching positions that are carrying over to the new year will see their pay fall behind the schedule offered teachers in the Dallas district according to Guffey.
That lag varies from $300 to $2,474. There is one new teacher on staff and one opening that is expected to be filled shortly.
Guffey also noted that the Morrison school year ends June 17 unlike the Dallas District year end on June 15.
At Morrison, the board has capped its medical insurance at $714 a month. The staff is seeking a carrier or carriers to fill that need. The coverage will be decided upon by the staff.