Members will also receive a 2% increase next year with a Cost of Living Adjustment increase along with other language items.
“This agreement gives our community confidence we can work together for what’s best for our staff and students. I am proud of this administration, our school board, and our teachers’ union for coming together and reaching an agreement,” said Chris Urso, Middletown Board of Education President.
Laurie Wood, president of the MTA, stated after the board’s approval the new contract is especially important during the instability caused by the on-going coronavirus pandemic and its many impacts on the 6,300-student district.
“MTA members are proud to support the students of Middletown and meet them where they are, in positive, welcoming environments when they need it most during a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on our local community. The ratification of this contract will afford educators the opportunity to do what they do best, educate our Middie community”, said Wood.
School officials said they offered MTA two supplemental payments for December 2021 and November 2022.
The MTA compensation package includes: a 3% cost of living annual increase for this school year; a $1,000 supplemental ESSER (federal Covid relief funds) payment to MTA in December 2021: a 2% cost of living annual increase for this school year and a 1% supplemental ESSER payment to MTA in November 2022.
The MTA, which voted and approved the tentative agreement prior to Tuesday’s board vote, is made up of approximately 460 professional staff. The agreement is retroactively effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.