The Shoreham-Wading River school board voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night to adopt a contract extension for the district’s non-teacher staff.
The new contract extension for the Civil Service Employees Association will include increases in the first two years, with a wage freeze in the third year of the contract, as well as delays to “step” increases for two of the years, according to district officials.
The contract extension will run from the past school year through 2016-2017, said assistant superintendent Glen Arcuri.
Employees will receive a 1 percent retroactive increase in their pay, as well as a step increase in salary for the past school year under the new deal, Mr. Arcuri said. In 2014-15, employees will get a 2 percent raise but no step increase.
Then, in 2015-16, employees will have a “hard freeze” on wages: no increase in salary or step increases, Mr. Arcuri said. The last year of the deal will see a 2 percent raise and a step increase.
Mr. Arcuri said the deal will not only save the school district money by including wage freezes, but would also make it easier for the district to plan their budgets in the coming years knowing how much salaries would change.
Any changes to employee health insurance plans in the wage freeze year would have to be picked up by the workers themselves, he added.
Last August, the district’s teacher’s union agreed to a contract extension, which district officials estimate would save the schools $1.5 million over the life of the contract.