School board OKs education association contract
Whitehall-Coplay School District School Board approved the collective bargaining agreement with Whitehall-Coplay Educational Support Personnel Association at its Monday meeting.
After the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett told The Press the approved agreement is a four-year contract that includes a 2.5-percent increase and gave some part-time positions an extra holiday.
Andy Simock, president of the association, attended the meeting.
“I believe we are off to a great start,” he said. “I want to thank the board for the professionalism in the early bid process, and we are grateful for a fair contract.”
In other financial matters, the board approved the per capita tax exonerations or refunds. Business Manager Michael Malay said the exonerations and refunds were mostly for students or seniors. The board approved the accelerated budget opt-out resolution certifying the real estate tax rate will not increase by more than the Act 1 adjusted index for the 2017-18 school year.
“The school board chose to forgo the Act 1 preliminary budget process and pass a resolution that will limit the board from increasing real estate taxes by more than the district’s Act 1 adjusted index of 3.3 percent,” Malay told The Press after the meeting.
“A 3.3-percent increase in the real estate tax rate equals approximately $1,250,000,” he said.
In other matters, the board approved the graduation date and contract with Lehigh University. Graduation is set for 7 p.m. June 5.