Cumberland Valley School District Thursday said it has reached a tentative agreement with the Cumberland Valley Education Association on an extension to the current bargaining agreement.
The association represents more than 600 professional staff members.
The association has tentatively scheduled a contract ratification vote for Aug. 28, and the board is slated to approve the contract on Sept. 6.
“We are not surprised that the U.S Census Bureau identified Cumberland County as the fastest growing county in Pennsylvania from 2000 to 2016. As we struggle to balance unprecedented enrollments with the need to keep our property taxes among the lowest in the region, the contract extension provides a level of stability for financial planning that affords the board a better opportunity to manage the impact of factors beyond our control,” said Robert Walker, CV board member and chair of the negotiations committee.
“The students of the Cumberland Valley School District receive a first rate education from dedicated administrators, support professionals and teachers,” association president Sara Shoop said in the release. “I feel that we reached a deal that fairly compensates our teachers while providing the district with the financial flexibility to achieve our long-term goals.”
The district in the release commended association leadership for working with them during a time when the district is redistributing more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff with the opening of two new schools next school year, and with enrollment growing by more than 1,650 students.