Lower Merion School District Collective Bargaining Agreement

To learn more about the impact of salary plans on salary plans, see the following provisional agreement: the LMEA represents 1411 qualified LMSD employees. Its members voted Monday afternoon and evening and the school board voted at Monday`s meeting. Due to business issues, students at Harriton High School and Lower Merion will return to virtual teaching from December 14, 2020 to January 11, 2021. The contract recognizes and rewards the excellence of our employees and ensures the fiscal realities of the district and its taxpayers. This agreement facilitates the ability for the district to accurately forecast compensation budget needs and ensures staff safety as our district continues to take on additional projects such as the construction of a new high school to meet the challenges of our growing enrollment. Previous contracts over the past seven years have only resulted in an average increase of about half a percent per year, although the student population has grown and is making each of the borough`s employees more accountable. In the last ten years or so, the number of students has increased by 17%. Our administrators were recently thanked for the important role they played in creating the Lower Merion School District`s great public schools, with what we see as a fair increase, and we hope that the school authority will similarly recognize the importance of the work of teachers and staff to the community. “Santa Maria`s testimony of course embellishes the fact that the average salary of teachers in the main line district is twice as high as the annual salary of educators in the tiny school district of the Turkeyfoot Valley area – the home of the lowest-paid teachers in the state. Compared to the rest of the region, the average salary of LMSD teachers is quite high. Radnor Township School District has the highest annual salary for Delaware County districts (about $87,000). Meanwhile, teachers in the Philadelphia Public School District average about $67,000 a year.

All of this is due to the demographics of each district, LMEA officials say. “While the 1400 members of the Lower Merion Education Association are disappointed to start the new school year without a contract, we look forward to resolving this issue quickly and fairly, while continuing our mission to provide a first-class educational experience that benefits every member of our community. The Lower Merion Board of School Directors and the management of the Lower Merion Education Association are pleased to announce that both parties have agreed to a new four-year contract with effect from July 1, 2020. . . .