Gateway teaching jobs restored through salary concessions |

Gateway teaching jobs restored through salary concessions

Gateway teachers have agreed to one year of salary concessions, allowing the school board Wednesday to reinstate 10 teaching positions for this school year.

The teachers’ union voted Tuesday night to accept a 1 percent salary reduction, representing a savings of $230,000. The union also agreed to forgo hourly wages for administering to classrooms in lieu of a substitute teacher, representing $56,000 in savings.

An additional seven teaching positions were reinstated in recent weeks with the addition of full-day kindergarten and increased enrollment. More than 60 Gateway students who were enrolled at a new Propel Charter School over the summer will return to the district.

School director Steve O’Donnell commended the teachers’ union for cooperating in tough economic times. “We’ve come together and I think we’ve done a tremendous job.”

When the district budget was finalized in June, 17 teaching positions were cut in an effort to balance a $65 million budget.

Seven of those teachers are reinstated indefinitely, while 10 others could be furloughed at the end of the school year.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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