C.A.B., teachers agree to new contract

Posted: Friday, September 18, 2015

By: KEVIN L. GREEN, Courier-Times Newspaper

C.A.B., teachers agree to new contract

KNIGHTSTOWN — The Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation and the school system’s classroom teachers’ association have signed off on a new one-year contract.

C.A.B. Superintendent Jediah Behny said there were no across-the-board, percentage-based increases for staff; rather, he said the process was in keeping with the compensation plan put into place last year that involves incremental salary increases ranging from as little as a few hundred dollars to as much as nearly $2,000 per teacher, depending on several factors.

“We have a wonderful relationship with the classroom teachers’ association. We all understand that a high quality contract agreement is beneficial to all stakeholders involved. I am more and more amazed with our teachers every day. … I’d put them up against anybody. They see the big picture and all they want is what’s best for the students, this corporation and this community,” Behny said.

“I think the administration, the teachers’ association and the board members on the committee worked very diligently to put a contract together that everybody can live with. I think when we work collaboratively like that there’s no stress in the classrooms, no stress in the administration and students get along great with it,” Board President Wade Beatty added.

Behny also informed the board Knightstown High School students will be made aware of the Work Keys assessments being offered at area WorkOne offices and which are being offered at some area schools. He said all students will be encouraged to take the assessments and KHS students will be offered the assessments as funding is available.

Behny said he believes the Work Keys program will be beneficial to students and praised the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corporation for the job it does in promoting job readiness and economic growth in Henry County.

“I think the (Work Keys) assessments can make our students more marketable in the future and make them better prepared to enter the workforce,” he said.

Beatty agreed, noting completion of the assessments gives the students another tool they can use following graduation.

“I think anytime we can give our students the opportunity to succeed in life, in getting prepared for the workforce or for going to college or putting dual credits together for their college education, is a benefit and that’s what we’re here for. We’re here to prepare them for the life that’s ahead of them,” Beatty said.

The board learned that the corporation’s overall students enrollment numbers declined 25 students when comparing this year to last. Behny said that news “could be better and could be worse,” noting that funding from the state is based, in large part, on a school corporation’s head count.

The board also voted to conduct the KHS graduation program at 2 p.m. June 5, 2016 in the high school gymnasium.