New teachers’ contract for UCF

The March 21 Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board meeting was about money from facility upgrades to a new teachers' contract.

The contract between the district and the union — the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Association — was approved unanimously and will go into effect July 1, 2023, and run through the 2026-2027 school year.

Salaries range from $59,514 at the low end up to $109,291 during the first year of the contract. After that, there are built-in salary increases of more than 3 percent for each year of the four-year agreement. In year four, that range goes to $64,604 to $115,181.

In addition to salaries, there is a full range of health benefits, including dental and vision care plans and a prescription plan. There is also an income protection clause: "Coverage shall be 66 2/3% of the insured employee's monthly earnings (base salary) to a maximum of $3,500 per month for up to two (2) years for sickness or accident, with coverage beginning after the sixtieth (60th) day, or exhaustion of sick leave allowance, whichever is greater…"

There is also a no strike-no lockout clause.

School Board Director Steve Simonson said the contract is "well-deserved by our teachers…It's a win-win agreement."

Find the full 43-page agreement may here.

In addition to the new "early bird" contract, directors authorized spending for several facility improvements, discussed during the board's March 14 work session.

The district and Hillendale Elementary School PTO will split a $75,000 cost for a new playground at Hillendale. The district will take on the combined cost of $50,344 for flooring replacement at Chadds Ford, Pocopson, and Unionville Elementary schools and will spend $300,000 to renovate the CF Patton Family Consumer Science rooms. That work will involve demolishing the current space and replacing it with new updated casework, appliances, furnishings, and finishes.

Additionally, the district entered into an agreement with ELA Sport for $152,870. That work will take place on the campus between Unionville High School and Patton Middle School and involves designing improvements for parking, traffic, and pedestrian flow between the schools and replacing the existing tennis courts. There will also be room to add two more courts.

The School Board's April meetings are scheduled for April 4 and 18. The regular meeting on the 18th will be at Hillendale.


About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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