FWCS Board Approves Two-Year Teacher Contract

Record Number: 18820
Displayed from: Oct 14, 2019 , until: Dec 14, 2019

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a two-year agreement Monday, Oct. 14, with the Fort Wayne Education Association (FWEA), which represents the District’s teachers.

FWCS and FWEA agreed on a two-year contract, covering July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. In the first year of the contract (2019-20 school year), the base salary for teachers increases 2.5 percent, bringing the salary range for teachers to $40,078-$70,891 a year. The base will increase 1.5 percent in the second year of the contract (2020-21 school year), which moves the annual salary range to $40,679-$71,496.


In addition, eligible teachers (those rated effective or highly effective) will advance one row on the salary schedule, which provides a $1,175 increase. Teachers with a master’s degree will receive an additional $263 in 2019-20 and an addition $267 in 2020-21.


The new contract includes a two-year pilot to pay teachers for classroom coverage to help manage the substitute teacher shortage. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, teachers will receive $50 for four hours of classroom coverage when they cover another classroom during a planning period or when principals place additional students in their classes due to the absence of another teacher.


The Board of School Trustees also approved a 2.5 percent salary increase for the 2019-20 school year for employees not represented by a collective bargaining groups, including central office staff and district administrators.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.