BRIGHTON — School District 27J reached a new three-year agreement with its certified and classified employees.
The contracts, effective July 1 through June 30, 2016, have been ratified by the respective memberships of the Brighton Education Association and the Colorado Classified School Employees Association, a district news release said.
As a result of the agreement, certified and classified employees will keep their current insurance benefits; receive an average of 3.3 percent salary increases to accommodate lost steps and base increases; and modifications to working condition items such as hiring, leave time, planning time and disciplinary procedures.
Though the new agreements are for three years, 27J negotiates with each group on an annual basis regarding working conditions, compensation and benefits. Negotiations are approached from a problem solving, rather than an adversarial approach, and are centered on improving learning for students, honoring employees, maintaining the fiscal stability of the district, and maintaining district facilities and properties.
“The conclusion of this process, and ratification of terms by both parties, reflects the strong partnership between School District 27J and the Brighton Education Association,” BEA President Nate Golich said. “Both parties’ commitment to solving problems collaboratively and working toward creating the best learning and teaching conditions possible given the ongoing financial constraints continues to be a top priority.”
“The majority of our members live in the school district and their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors attend school here,” CCSEA Executive Director Wayne Scott added. “The Colorado Classified School Employees Association is committed to enhancing their lives while supporting our school district. Under-funding of our schools has and will continue to challenge all of us in ensuring we provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to learn and achieve in.”
Superintendent Dr. Chris Fiedler praised both organizations for their commitment to reaching agreements.
“The negotiation process is lengthy and challenging. I commend both of our employee groups for the professionalism and determination that they exhibited and that we were able to keep doing what’s best for our students at the forefront,” 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler said. “We look forward to continuing our work together as we raise academic achievement for all students in our district.”