Retirement health insurance is out for new Buffalo school administrators [The Buffalo News, N.Y.]

Retirement health insurance is out for new Buffalo school administrators [The Buffalo News, N.Y.]

July 24—Whole life health insurance is about to become a thing of the past for regulators in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Supervisors were hired later July 2023 will not be eligible for county-funded health insurance after retirement, according to a new contract approved this week by the School Board.

“It’s very important. It’s what the district has been following until the last two agreements,” he said. Robert Boreanazthe lawyer of Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators.

Over the years, Boreanaz said, Buffalo it became one of the few regions New York State they still provide health insurance to retirees.

Managers were hired ahead of time July 2023 they will still be eligible for retiree health insurance.

Who was hired after July 2023 they will have the opportunity to sell back to the district up to 120 unused days to use their insurance money after retirement.

Teachers in Buffalo they still receive retiree health insurance. Buffalo Teachers Federation He is currently negotiating with the district to get a new contract. President of the Union Phil Noise He said the district hopes to negotiate an end to teacher retirement insurance.

“Each union has the right to do what it thinks is good for its members,” said Rumore. “But I believe it’s against everything that unions stand for, to sacrifice new members for existing members.”

The management union represents 200 officials, assistant officials and Central Office administrators.

“The agreement benefits both parties by eliminating the pay gap between primary and secondary officials, improving health care, in addition to promotions and signing bonuses,” he said. School Board President Lou Petrucci.

Until recently, primary school teachers were paid less than secondary school principals.

“Many years ago, elementary schools were much smaller than high schools, and they had fewer students. This is not the case,” said Boreanaz.

The agreement results in a sudden increase in the amount that managers must pay for their health insurance premiums. Former directors will pay 10% of their earnings, and new directors will pay 16%.

The agreement also brings an increase in wages.

This summer, managers will receive a 10% raise, including the stairs. Then, over the next three years, they will receive a 3% raise, plus steps.

Boreanaz also said that the previous management contract, which ended in 2017, expired almost two years ago.

The executives will also each receive a one-time bonus equal to 7% of their annual salary for agreeing to the new agreement.

The board of supervisors met with district officials 13 times in 16 months to expedite the terms of the new contract, he said. Most of the progress in achieving the agreement was made in the last few months under the Superintendent Tonja Williamssaid Boreanaz.

“Undoubtedly, the authorities and the authorities a Buffalo School District they are looking forward to the new head and working and supporting the new manager,” he said.

Now that the administrators’ union has been resolved, Petrucci said, the board can focus on establishing a teacher union.

“Contracts are about more than dollars; new contracts help the district to address changes in operations and profits,” he said.

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