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New Contract for Brick Teachers

Salaries will remain the same under new agreement

Though teachers in the township's school district will continue to receive step pay increases, the overall salary guide will not be increased under a new agreement forged between the Board of Education and the township's teachers union.

Board President Sharon Kight said the new, three-year pact – which was approved by the board at its Aug. 16 meeting – will continue the same terms, salary-wise, as the previous contract that had been in place.

Under the contract, teachers will continue to be paid based on a 20 step salary guide that starts at $51,396 for a new teacher with a bachelor's degree to $89,985 for a top-step teacher with a doctoral degree. Teachers with only a bachelor's degree top out at $85,010.

The new contract includes $1,500 stipends for teachers at the highest step in the second and third years of the new contract, said Kight.

The contract also eliminates hall monitors and cafeteria monitors, and allows only single health coverage for non-tenured teachers. After four years, teachers can participate in family health plans, or they can purchase family coverage on their own before receiving tenure.

Under the state's health insurance plan, teachers generally pay about 12 percent of their health insurance premiums.

Kight said the negotiating process went well.

"We were trying to just do the best we could with what we had," she said.

KC August 22, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Why does everyone want to pick on Columbus? The Nordics did NOT share the information with what was then considered the civilized world. This is why Columbus trumps the Vikings. I do agree with you that despite huge obstacles, my experience as a parent has been the overwhelming majority of teachers in Brick are very caring and apt. I do believe the township like many others statewide needs to address the fact that because of the salary "guide" hiring practices are unfair and discriminatory. The district will only hire entry level candidates and this shuts out an entire talent pool of experienced people. Not true when they are hiring superintendents or administrators. Hmmmmm
KC August 22, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Amen
bayboat August 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I think the native americans have the Nordics by 10 thousand years or so!
RCL67 August 22, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Jennifer - I could not agree with you more. I am a Special Education graduate and have seen how hard the Paraprofessionals work. They deserve so much more than what they get because they do the about 90% of what the teacher does, they just don't have the degree to back them up.
Catpan August 22, 2012 at 06:09 PM
NJ Monthly school rankings out. 328 public high schools. Brick Township High School is 261 and Brick Memorial is 269. Point Boro 154. Toms River East 225.

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