The Titusville Area School District and Titusville Area Education Association announce that they have reached agreement on a revision to the collective bargaining agreement in effect between the District and the Association for the 2011‑2012 school year. The financial challenges faced by the District and the faculty in the coming year have been unprecedented. The continuing economic recession and the substantial reduction in state funding for education have created an extraordinarily difficult situation as the District constructs its budget for the 2011‑2012 school year. The Titusville Education Association and its members have recognized the difficult position that the District finds itself in.
The Association recognized the harmful impact that funding reductions will have on both employees and educational programming for the District's students. In recognition of the seriousness of the situation, the Association’s members have agreed to forego a salary increase that had been scheduled for the 2011‑2012 school year, the final year of the current Union contract. Association members have accepted a wage freeze for next school year and will receive no increases in compensation during the last year of the contract, including seniority, graduate courses or extracurricular activities. This action on the part of the Association will save the District $380,423.000 through freezing teaching salaries and supplemental pay in the 2011‑2012 budget and will help to reduce the impact of state funding reductions and provide significant assistance to the District in maintaining valuable educational programming for our students. Unfortunately, furloughs of some employees will still be necessary but the agreement of the parties on a salary freeze for the 2011‑2012 school year will be a significant help to the District in addressing its immediate financial concerns. The District and the Association and all employees are pleased to work cooperatively to help preserve the quality education the District provides to the students of our community and come to this mutually satisfactory agreement.