Galva school officials and teachers agree on new contract

Carol Townsend
Galva School District and its teachers have reached agreement on a new contract for the coming year.

The Galva School Board on May 16 agreed with the Galva Education Association on a 3-year contract with minimal changes to the salary schedule.

The pact calls for the current base salary of $32,750 to be maintained for the next three years. Teachers will move up a step on the pay scale with an extra year’s worth of experience. The average teacher will receive a little over a 1 percent pay increase, according to Supt. Doug O’Riley.

Also Monday, the educational support staff and O’Riley received 1.5 percent pay increases for the 2011-2012 school year. This will raise O’Riley’s salary from $105,000 to $106,575.

In addition to negotiating salaries, the GEA agreed that it would be in the best interest of students to lengthen the school day by 15 minutes. The start of school will be changed from 8:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. This will allow the junior-senior high school to incorporate a Response to Intervention Period into each school day. Students will have a greater opportunity for remedial intervention or enrichment during this time.

In personnel moves, the board:

• hired Jennifer Spets as assistant volleyball coach

• re-employed the educational support staff

• acknowledged the retirement of Bonnie Holcomb at the end of the 2010- 2011 school year.

• accepted the resignation of Trista Dooley as junior high girls basketball coach, and approved her maternity leave request