July 30, 2015
By Sara K. Satullo
The Saucon Valley School Board approved raises for three of its employee groups Tuesday.
The board signed off on compensation agreements with its secretary and clerical workers, cafeteria staff and paraprofessionals Tuesday night.
The employees had been working without a new plan since June 30. None of the employees belong to a union.
The secretaries agreed to a two-year contract, which expires June 30, 2017, with annual raises of 3 percent.
Secretaries that work more than 30 hours a week are eligible for health benefits. For 2015-16, the monthly premium contribution will be $48 for single coverage, $101 for a couple and $130 for a family.
The following year that rises to $50, $105 and $134. The plans carry a $500 deductible for single coverage and $700 for couples and families.
Secretaries and food service staff who have worked for the district for at least a decade will receive $30 per unused sick day. Employees that have spent at least 20 years with the district will get retirement health coverage until the age of 65 or for seven years, whichever is sooner.
Director Susan Baxter said she thinks it is excessive that some 9-month employees are getting 10 sick days.
The food service staff also agreed to annual raises of 3 percent over a two-year contract that expires June 30, 2017.
Cafeteria staff that work more than five hours a day are eligible for health benefits. The 2015-16 monthly premium is $45 for single coverage, $95 for couple and $123 for a family. For 2016-17, that rises to $50, $105 and $134 a month.
The plan carries a $500 deductible for singles and couples and $700 for families.
The educational support staff inked a three-year deal that also carries 3 percent annual raises. The employee group includes nurses and paraprofessionals.
Employees that work 30 hours or more a week are eligible for health benefits. For 2015-16, the monthly premium for single coverage will be $44, $94 for two people and $122 for families.
In 2016-17, it rises to $50, $105 and $134 per month.
Come 2017-18, paraprofessionals will pay the same monthly health care premiums of the professional staff but it won’t exceed $60 for single, $130 for two people and $155 per month for family.
The plan carries a $500 single coverage deductible and a $700 couple and family deductible. In 2017-18, the family deductible will rise to $1,000.
Paraprofessionals that have worked for the district for at least a decade can cash out unused sick days at a rate of $25 per day. Employees earn 10 sick days a year. They are subject to the same retirement health benefits as well.
The district’s teacher contract remains outstanding three years after it expired. Teachers and the board were before a neutral arbitrator Wednesday making their case for their contract proposals.