WCASD School Board Approves Education Support Professionals Contract
The West Chester Area School District and the West Chester Area Education Support Professionals Association (WCAESPA) have officially agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement. The final stamp of approval came in the form of agreement from the WCASD’s School Board during the School Board Meeting held on the Tuesday, October 25, 2022
The agreement calls for a five-year contract effective July 1, 2023, and concludes on June 30, 2028. The WCAESPA comprises over 250 members including secretaries, aides, and technology support personnel. The agreement includes increases to starting salaries, enhanced growth opportunities between employee groups and additional education opportunities.
“We greatly appreciate working with our support professionals,” said Sue Tiernan, WCASD School Board President. “Establishing a fair agreement that recognizes the tremendous value of our staff is fundamental to our district’s mission and vision for the future.”
Employees will receive an average salary increase of 3 ½% over the five-year period. There is no change to medical, prescription, vision or dental plans, and the High Deductible Plan remains the core plan. Employees will continue to share in the payment of premiums with a half percent increase in cost share each year of the contract. Annual tuition reimbursement cost remains the same as the previous contract with per credit reimbursement raising from 50 percent to 90 percent for grades of ‘B’ or above.
“The WCAESPA were glad to work collaboratively with the district to agree upon a successor agreement that we believe will benefit our members, the district and the community,” said Mary Yoegel, chief negotiator for WCAESPA.
“We are very happy to have reached an early bird agreement with our support professionals,” said Bob Sokolowski, District Superintendent. The WCASD is thankful for the dedication and professionalism of our support personnel. We recognize and appreciate that this expedited process would not have been possible without the strong relationship between the district and the WCAESPA.”