TOWANDA — The day after a proposed five year teachers’ contract and early retirement incentive were approved by the Towanda Area Board of Education, the Towanda Area Education Association voted to decline the offers in favor of going back to the negotiation table on Tuesday evening.
“The team will take the next few days to analyze the process, survey members, then get back to the table,” TAEA President Tim Farley said on Wednesday.
The proposed agreement included a 3% annual increase for regular salaries, a 2.5% increase for supplemental positions with higher increases for some supplemental positions, and a starting salary increase of 2.25%.
Also included in the now defunct agreement is a life insurance increase from $50,000 to $55,000, basic vision insurance coverage, and increases for completion of a master’s degree or Praxis test.
There are approximately 110 teachers in the teachers’ union.
Towanda Superintendent Dennis Peachey said on Wednesday morning that he was “disappointed” with the results of the teachers’ vote. On Monday, he told the Review that he thought the agreement was a “fair contract for both sides.”
The next scheduled school board meeting for Towanda is on Aug. 12.