By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The school district and the teacher’s union signed a new collective bargaining agreement, the district announced Tuesday.
Members of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Teachers Association were working without a contract since June 2021 and were locked in negotiations with the district to come to terms on a new contract since January 2021.
The new contract is effective July 1, 2021, and will remain in effect through June 30, 2023, according to the district. Teachers will receive salary increases retroactively to the start of the new agreement.
Details of the collective bargaining agreement were not immediately available Tuesday.
A key priority of the new contract was “establishing salaries that will attract and maintain staff that work tirelessly on behalf of the children in our care,” District Superintendent Dr. Brian Bailey said in a statement Tuesday.
A group of parents and other supporters of the teachers turned out to a board of education meeting in November urging the district to meet one of the teacher’s unions biggest demands — a pay hike.
Science teacher and president of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Teachers Association Matt Miller said Tuesday the new agreement is a step in the right direction.
“Although the process for negotiations for this contract was somewhat prolonged, we made important initial steps towards achieving our ultimate goal of creating a competitive salary schedule and we are pleased the RCS administration and Board of Education are willing to work with us to continue these efforts moving forward,” Miller said.
The ultimate goal is to meet the educational needs of the district’s students, Bailey said.
“The needs of our students continue to evolve and portions of this agreement will help us adapt as we seek to provide the best opportunities for students to be successful after graduation,” the district superintendent said.
Check back for more on this developing story.
RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 21 new members — 18 from the sophomore Class of 2025 — in a formal induction ceremony held at the RCS Senior High School auditorium on Tuesday, May 31.
Incoming members received news of their acceptance into the society through a surprise tapping ceremony earlier that day. Current honor students ushered in their new members by tapping the unsuspecting new members on their shoulders during class.
Two seniors earned the distinction this spring and one junior was added to the growing list of honor students from the Class of 2024.
“There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do — and I believe that,” said RCS High School Principal Ryan Funck, quoting from his favorite athlete, Derek Jeter.
It’s a message, he said, he instills in his children, too.
The National Honor Society program empowers and equips students with the knowledge and skills to be transformative leaders in school, community and beyond. In addition, it provides a bridge between students and school leaders, helping educators engage and hear what students think, feel and need.
Membership has been the true mark of student achievement for over 100 years, going far beyond the standard report card. By empowering, championing and recognizing well-rounded students, NHS provides schools with a values-based framework to elevate a culture of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
RCS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS
CLASS OF 2023:
Nana Anto-Asare *
Kassidy Green teRiele
Holly Macera *
CLASS OF 2024
Eve Krell *
Abigail St. John
CLASS OF 2025
Ethan Axley *
Ana Ball *
Kendall Bullock *
Patricia Dorrance *
Isabella Dulay *
Molly Engelhardt *
Alyssa Grogan *
Allison Kennedy *
Abby McDermott *
Keegan McClellan *
Cooper Penzabene *
Sabrina Racine *
McKenna Slingerland *
Justin Sulik *
Aurora Wagner *
Madison Wilcox *