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Chappaqua Schools Approve Pact With Custodians, Maintenence Staff

The new contract between the Chappaqua school board and the district's civil service workers will save the district over $80,000 in the next two years.
The new contract between the Chappaqua school board and the district's civil service workers will save the district over $80,000 in the next two years. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - The Chappaqua Central School District has reached a new two-year contract agreement with its custodial and maintenance staff, the district announced.

The agreement between the Board of Education and the district’s Civil Service Employees Association was approved at the board's meeting Wednesday. The ratified Memorandum of Agreement is for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. The contract will save the district over $80,000 in the next two years.

The new agreement is similar to the MOAs ratified recently by the teachers’ union and the administrators’ association — both in its salary increases and its health insurance premium contribution increases.

All public employee negotiations in New York State take place within the Triborough Amendment to the Taylor Law, which declares that the provisions of the previous contract will remain in effect should two sides fail to agree upon a new contract. The agreement will result in $80,000 less in spending over two years than it would have been had the two sides failed to reach agreement.

Key elements of the ratified memorandum of agreement are:

  • Steps frozen : For each of the two years, unit members agree to freeze their step increases.
  • Health insurance contributions increase : Unit members agree to increase their insurance premium contributions from 10.5 percent to 11.75 percent for 2013-14 and to 13 percent for 2014-15. (Had the two sides failed to reach agreement, contributions would have remained frozen at the 10.5 percent rate.)
  • Stipends increase : Unit members agree to a Night Shift Differential increase of 1 percent for 2013-14 and 1.5 percent for 2014-15.
  • Salary increase : For each of the two years, the average unit member salary increase will be 1.7 percent. (Had the two sides failed to reach agreement, the average unit member salary increase would have been 2.42 percent for each year.)

“This agreement is the result of thoughtful and cooperative negotiations with the CSEA leadership, and demonstrates a balance of shared sacrifice with fairness and respect,” said Lyn McKay, superintendent of Chappaqua Schools.

"Our CSEA members are professionals, and we truly appreciate all of their hard work on a daily basis that goes into making our district a better place."

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