Kootenay Lake district teachers were on strike this year

Kootenay Lake district gets $754,000 to pay teachers’ contract

The province has confirmed it will foot the cost of this year’s teachers’ contract rather than ask individual districts to pay for it.

The Ministry of Education has confirmed it will foot the cost of this year’s teachers’ contract rather than ask individual districts to pay for it out of their existing budgets.

For the Kootenay Lake district, that means an additional $754,000 in funding for the 2014-15 school year, intended to cover salary, benefits, and other increases included in the new collective agreement.

“It’s a good news story for us,” secretary-treasurer Kim Morris said. “We get our funding for 2014/15 and an addition outside of the block. For 2015/16 it may or may not be included — we don’t know yet. But for this year, it offers some stability because we’ve already budgeted and can carry on with this increase fully funded.”

Although the province normally covers increases reached through provincial bargaining, that wasn’t the case last year, when the government told districts to come up with savings plans to pay for an agreement that provided a 3.5 per cent wage increase for unionized support staff.

The Kootenay Lake district was the last holdout in the province before it capitulated in the face of potential job action.

Last week, the board and CUPE Local 748 ratified a five-year collective agreement retroactive to July 1 that includes a 5.5 per cent wage increase. It also reimburses support workers for all hours lost during the teachers’ strike.

Overall, the province is putting up $93.6 million to fund the teachers’ agreement. Morris said the Kootenay Lake district’s share was based on provincial reports on teacher staffing, plus additional data the district provided.

Just Posted

Finding support at Community Connect

The 10th annual event offered free services, clothing and food on Saturday

RDCK calls for reversal of Sinixt extinction

The board opposed a land transfer to the Westbank First Nation this week

Nelson city council to update banner policy

Council will revisit the wording of the policy at its December meeting

Forecasters promote avalanche safety awareness

Avalanche Canada advising backcountry enthusiasts to get proper training and equipment.

Meteorite fragments found near Crawford Bay

The pieces came from the fireball that exploded over Kootenay Lake in September

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Man pleads guilty to Leafs recycling depot theft

Dezmond Waggoner had been charged with theft over $5,000

Nelson Leafs stretch winning streak to six

Jack Karran scored twice in the Leafs 6-3 win over Fernie

Nelson city hall selling bear-proof garbage bins

The city has purchased 100 bins and is charging residents $205

COLUMN: Will West Kootenay forests survive?

As with most things around ecology, the answer is not simple, says columnist Greg Utzig

Julien Locke races to NST World Cup berth

Black Jack cross-country skier Julien Locke races to first place at World Cup qualifier

B.C. reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

Most Read