Camden-area schools settle contract with teachers

Posted Sept. 21, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — The Camden-area school systems have approved a new labor contract with teachers.

The three-year deal with the Megunticook Teachers Association was approved Sept. 2 by the Five-Town Community School District Board and by the School Administrative District 28 Board. The Five-Town CSD serves high school students from Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport, while SAD 28 serves kindergarten through eighth graders in Camden and Rockport.

The teachers had ratified the agreements on Aug. 26.

The contract provides a 2 percent raise for teachers with a bachelor’s degree at the top of the longevity scale — 20 years.

Teachers under 20 years also get a step increase and those step increases vary, but many were fairly significant, Superintendent Maria Libby said. The contract also adds a day to the length of the contract in 2016-17 and another day in 2017-18, moving from 183 days to 185.

Under the contract, the pay scale for teachers for the current school year will range from $37,735 for a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree to $76,076 for a teacher with 20 years or more of experience who has earned a doctorate and national certification.

By 2017-18, the pay scale will range from $39,549 to $79,733.

There are about 140 teachers covered by the contract.

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