The Collective Bargaining Agreement recently approved by the Southern Columbia Area Board of Directors and the Southern Columbia Area Education Association has been signed by the presidents of both groups, making the deal official. The labor contract was reached after a series of meetings which consisted of several months of "early bird negotiations" held during the previous spring, summer and fall, and formal negotiations begun in January 2018, and overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. The deal will provide the teachers salary increases over the next five years, however, this benefit will be funded by changes to their health care coverage, which in turn will save the District money. Give and take such as this allowed a deal to be reached and is evidence of the spirit of respect and collaboration demonstrated by the negotiating teams. The pact will be in force for five years, July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023 giving the Southern Columbia Area School District the opportunity to focus on its mission of educating students, free of distractions which often arise when labor contracts are being negotiated.
 
Surrounded by Middle School students, Fifth Grade Teacher Mike Venna, President of the Education Association, and Mike Yeager, Board President, sign the collective bargaining agreement. Congratulations!

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