Pickerington teachers will pay more for insurance and will get no base salary increases for two years under terms of a new contract that is expected to save the Pickerington Local School District more than $6.25 million.

Pickerington teachers will pay more for insurance and will get no base salary increases for two years under terms of a new contract that is expected to save the Pickerington Local School District more than $6.25 million.

The Pickerington Board of Education on June 28 unanimously approved a new, two-year collective bargaining agreement with the Pickerington Education Association, the union representing teachers.

The new contract will extend through the end of the 2012-12 school year and will provide no raises to the teachers' base salaries for the next two school years.

Teachers also will receive no automatic pay bumps -- otherwise known as "step increases" -- based on their education and years of service, in the first year of the contract, and their employee health-care contributions will increase for the first time in 14 years, from 10 percent to 15 percent.

The new contract means the district's teachers will forego base salary increases for three consecutive years.

Under the new agreement, new supplemental salary schedules were established for all athletics coaches and extracurricular activities advisers, which district officials said would save $1.18 million over the next two school years.

Teachers also agreed to a suspension of tuition reimbursements, which the district said would save $241,000.

The new health-care agreement is projected to save more than $3.16 million. Monthly premium costs for teachers on family plans will go from $75 in 2010-11 to $213 in the coming school year. Those on a single insurance plan will pay more than $93 a month, as compared to $15 a month in 2010-11.

For more on this story, see the June 30 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington.