Teacher's union, Wichita BOE reach tentative, 1-year agreement

WICHITA, Kan. Wichita Public Schools says the United Teachers of Wichita and the Wichita Board of Education Tuesday reached a tentative one-year agreement.

Highlights include a base salary increase of 3.5 percent (representing a new teacher salary of $43,653), tracks honoring additional education, longevity bonus payments for qualifying veteran teachers and no change to the employee health program or premiums.

The employee health program represents a BOE contribution of $8,280 per year, or $690 per month per employee.

The district says if the union ratifies the agreement prior to Oct. 7, the BOE will vote on the agreement at its meeting that evening.

"If approved by the BOE, bargaining unit members will see the agreement and retroactive pay in their October paychecks," the district says.