The East Allen County School Board has ratified new collective bargaining agreements with maintenance workers, custodians and the transportation department. The Nov. 16 decisions followed discussion of information presented by Chief Financial Officer Patrick McCann.

Each vote passed 6-0. Paulette Nellems was the only board member not present for the meeting.

McCann presented materials showing the EACS Maintenance Association, EACS Custodian Association and the EACS Transportation Association had come to tentative agreements before the meeting.

Maintenance workers ratified the contract Oct. 26. “The contract includes an average increase of $1.93 per hour for the year 2022 and $1.30 per hour for the year 2023,” McCann said.

The contract also modifies communication about job openings, adds a grievance flow chart to clarify language, modifies the arbitration language, changes the probationary period from 60 days to 30 days, and removes seniority on job bids.

The contract will take effect Jan. 1 and extend until Dec. 31, 2023.

The EACS Custodian Association contract ratified the proposed agreement Oct. 23. Contract changes include an increase of $1.77 per hour for the first year and 86 cents per hour the second year. They also asked for the same things that the maintenance department did. This agreement has the same contract length — Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2023.

The EACS Transportation Association, more specifically, the bus technicians, ratified an agreement Nov. 3. This contract includes bus technicians rated for the calendar year 2022. The contract sets an increase of $1.93 per hour.

The board also:

Approved the application and receipt of funds for the 2021-22 Refugee Children School Impact Grant through the Indiana Department of Education. The amount to be received is to be determined.

Heard the District High Ability Plan for the 2021-22 school year. The state has approved the plan.

Listened to the request to receive the emergency connectivity funds for iPads for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The district will be reimbursed for the purchase of 4,810 iPads amounting to over $1.41 million. Money will not be reimbursed for cases or Apple Care+ repair and replacement plans.

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