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The Upper St. Clair School District and the Upper St. Clair Education Association (USCEA) approved a new five-year collective bargaining agreement.

The USCEA, represented by the American Federation of Teachers PA, represents the district’s nearly 300 teachers, librarians, psychologists, school counselors, and school nurses.

The agreement, effective Aug. 18, 2022, through June 30, 2027, was ratified by the USCEA membership on June 24 and unanimously approved by the school board June 27.

“The agreement includes language revisions that provide additional flexibility for the administration and staff,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent said.

The new agreement provides increases to salaries, but also includes a progressive increase to health-care premium contributions from the current formula to a 14% to 15% contribution rate by the end of the agreement.

A beginning teacher at Upper St. Clair will make $53,300 in the first year of the new agreement. Staff moving to the top salary step will receive a $3,000 raise in the first year of the agreement.

“The new salary schedule keeps district salaries competitive with comparable school districts in Allegheny County,” Rozzo said.

“The Upper St. Clair School District is proud to be the top performing school district in the state and believes this agreement recognizes the district’s exemplary professional staff while remaining fiscally responsible.”

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