ITHACA, NY – This week, the Ithaca City School District announced new agreements with two of its employee unions: the Ithaca Principals and Directors Association and the Ithaca Teachers Association.

On Thursday, ICSD and the ITA released a joint statement declaring that they had reached a tentative agreement for a three-year contract.

The agreement came after a period of facilitated negotionation during which “both parties worked collaboratively and listened carefully to the concerns and issues from each side,” according to the statement.

The specific details of the contract are unavailable at this time. The ITA will decide whether or not to ratify the contract between now and June 24.

In March, the two organizations announced that they had agreed to a one-year contract that included increases to teachers’ salaries and improvements in their health care plan but also removed sabbatical leave from the contract. Prioer to that, ICSD teachers had been working without a contract since August.

New health plan for principals

Earlier in the week, ICSD announced that they had reached an agreement with the IPDA that would provide a new health insurance plan aimed at long-term cost stability.

The IPDA represents various administrative leadership positions throughout the district such as building principals, associate principals, and directors of instructional programming.

“The plan, known as the Platinum Plan through Blue Cross/Blue Shield, will offer significant stability to the district taxpayers while also providing exceptional and affordable coverage to the members of IPDA,” said Chief Operations Officer Amanda Verba in a press release.

ICSD Superintendent Luvelle Brown commended the IPDA for its willingness to bargain, reporting that the new plan would allow the district to give each member a $1,000 per year raise for the next three years and allowed for a contract providing a 4 percent per year raise as well.

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Michael Smith

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