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GHAPS Settle Employees Contracts
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GHAPS Settle Employees Contracts


Several Grand Haven Area Public Schools employee groups have settled contracts for the 2012-2013 school year.

Local 517M, representing food service, operations and transportation employees, have agreed to a one-year contract, which includes a pay freeze. However, food service employees' wages were reduced ten percent, which are more in line with other food services employees throughout the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Administrators Association has agreed to a two-year contract that calls for a wage freeze as well.

"We are very appreciative of the unions' cooperation in creating savings during these challenging economic times," Assistant Superintendent of Human Services Scott Grimes says. "Our employees truly understand the financial situation and the challenges our district faces because funding remains at the 2005-2006 level."

Other employee groups such as the teacher assistant / para-professionals, non-association and directors will also have a pay freeze for the coming school year, as well as Superintendent Keith Konarska and Assistant Superintendent Scott Grimes.

The other major change for employees this school year is related to health insurance.

"The state requires that all employees pay a portion of their health insurance," Grimes says. "Although our employees will now pay 20 percent towards their insurance, our staff feels fortunate to continue to have quality insurance coverage."

Grimes adds that negotiations are moving forward with both the teachers and secretaries unions.

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