Welcome to the School Board Negotiation Website.
5/2/13 update…The Downingtown Area School Board and the Downingtown Area Education Association are pleased to announce that both parties have ratified a four-year contract which will both reward teachers and help the district save on costs in a challenging economic environment. Click here for more information.
A MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY
Thank you for visiting the “Negotiation Update” section of our website. Establishing a contract between the Downingtown Area School District and the Downingtown Area Education Association is one of the biggest financial responsibilities we have as School Board members. The terms of a settlement will dictate a majority of our budgetary expenses in the years ahead. As such, we are doing everything we can to arrive at a contract that is respectful to teachers and mindful of the economic pressures we face as a district.
Downingtown Area School District, like most other school districts, is facing a host of unprecedented financial challenges. The poor economy, taxing restrictions and the current Pennsylvania retirement fund crisis have resulted in a significant decrease in revenues and an insurmountable increase in expenses.
The “Negotiation Update” section has been created to provide the community with a clearer understanding of all the factors the School Board must consider when determining the best way to allocate our funds in a manner that supports the needs of our students, our teachers and our taxpayers.
Downingtown Area School Board Responds to 28 Clarification Issues
On March 19, eager to finalize its agreement in principle with the Downingtown Area Education Association, the School Board has submitted a response to 28 clarification issues received from the teacher’s union on March 8. The School Board looks forward to the union’s reply and to an impending contract ratification.
Show Me the Numbers:
Salary Increases and Insurance Premiums by Year
Curious what the Fact-Finder’s proposal really provides teachers as far as raises go? Eager to learn what insurance premiums will look like each year, based on the option selected? The charts provided here were created to clarify the numbers.
Salary Increases per matrix.pdf
Update 2/7/13 - DAEA Rejects Fact-finder's Report
February 7…Downingtown Area School Board members were very disappointed to learn that the teachers’ union, the Downingtown Area Education Association, voted this week to reject the Fact-Finder’s report – a report the School Board voted to accept on February 1. Click here for more of the story.
Click for the Complete Fact-Finder's Report.