ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – The District 196 School Board at a special meeting Jan. 16 meeting approved a new two-year agreement with members of Dakota County United Educators (DCUE), representing the more than 2,000 teachers and school nurses in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools. DCUE members ratified the tentative agreement in a membership vote Jan. 11.
The approved contract is retroactive to July 1, 2017 and runs through June 30, 2019. It provides a 2.45 percent improvement to the salary and longevity schedules each year, and a 2 percent increase in the district contribution to health care insurance in the first year of the contract and a 1 percent increase in the second year.
A first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree will earn $40,898 under the contract this year, while an experienced teacher with a master’s degree at the top of the schedule will earn $75,163 in base salary and up to $7,917 in longevity pay.
“I am pleased to have a settlement that will keep us competitive in attracting and retaining the best teachers at a time when there is an increasing shortage of teachers,” said Superintendent Jane K. Berenz. “We are a district of choice because of the high-quality people we have working with our students.”