For the first time in years, teachers in the Rochester City School District have voted on a new contract.
The contract includes a 3.61% salary increase for teachers each year for three years. It also includes language that states crimes committed in the schools will be treated like crimes outside the school. In addition, there will be more social and emotional recourses and services available for students.
Over 2,000 teachers voted in today’s poll, and 98% of them voted to approve the contract.
This is the first proposed contract in years for Rochester City Schools. The previous contract expired last June, and teachers have been operating without a contract for 9 months.
Rochester Teachers Association president Adam Urbanski says this contract is a win for the district, the teachers, and the students.
“It’s good for teachers because it continues to provide them the recourses and support teachers need, but it’s good for students because it allows them a better learning environment, and also thoughtful suggestions for working out a better arrangement for support for kids,” said Urbanski.
The proposed contract will now go in front of the Rochester City School Board tomorrow evening for a vote. If they approve it, this contract will be retroactive to last July.