CAPAC — The school board, at their regular September meeting, approved a new, two-year contract with their teachers.
Superintendent Jeff Terpenning said the terms of the deal call for wages and benefits to remain unchanged but members of the Capac Education Association will see a one percent off schedule payment in both October and March.
"Both sides worked really hard. Contracts are rarely easy but our discussions were more than cordial," Terpenning said.
"We were all on the same page. We are happy that it was as easy as it could have been."
Terpenning said the contract language calls for the district to consider more compensation for teachers in the next calendar year based on the projected fund balance at the end of the '18-'19 school year.
Negotiations with the district's transportation and service groups are ongoing.
That fund balance is looking decidedly healthier than in the past. At that same board meeting, auditors told district leaders that their savings currently stands at 12 percent. As late as February 2017, the fund balance was 6.2 percent.
"The reason we can move our fund balance up is because of the bond," Terpenning said.
Without those extra voted funds, the district would have to use general fund monies to make various upgrades to the schools' facilities.
This summer, using bond monies approved by voters in May 2017, Capac Schools made various roof repairs, installed new boilers and lighting and later this year plan to purchase new buses.
"We are so thankful to the community for passing the bond which helps us keep general fund money for the education of our students," Terpenning said.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.