Fayetteville-Manlius schools and the union representing its teachers have agreed to a new one-year contract that will raise salaries 2 percent next school year.
That salary increase is half of what previous contracts called for, and is tied as the lowest scheduled salary increase among OCM BOCES school districts. F-M teacher annual salary increases had been 4.25 percent starting in 2003 and 4 percent starting in 2008.
The lower salary increase in the new contract will save the district more than $500,000 in the 2011-12 school year, said Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Michael Vespi. That savings equates to 1 percent of the district's tax levy, he said.
The contract also calls for new teacher evaluations, as set forth in new state law. All other aspects of the new contract were carried over from the previous contract.
The contract went to the Fayetteville-Manlius Teachers' Association Oct. 13. Of those who voted, more than 98 percent voted in favor, according to Kelly Fletcher, president of the union and a kindergarten teacher at Mott Road Elementary School.
"We work in a great district," Fletcher said. "Based on our vote, it was clear that the membership felt that the emphasis this year needed to be on saving money. This contract should help the district retain our solid educational program and maintain our student-to-teacher ratio."
The F-M School Board unanimously ratified the contract at its Oct. 18 meeting.
F-M Superintendent Corliss Kaiser said the contract is the product of a solid working relationship between the union and the district. She praised the efforts of the lead negotiators, Fletcher and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Jeff Gordon.
"These two worked together to come up with a contract that respects the values and needs of both our taxpayers and our teachers," Kaiser said. "Thanks to their leadership, this contract will help make our district stronger."
Chris Iven is the communications specialist for the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.