Newark, NJ--Newark Public Schools announced Tuesday that they have negotiated the terms for a new three-year contract with members of the City Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA) that provides for salary increases and performance-based pay raises.

CASA represents principals, school chief innovation officers, vice principals and heads of athletics.

The contract, which spans through school years 2017-2020, was officially ratified on January 31 and takes effect immediately.

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Both sides also memorialized two agreements for the previous span of time from 2009-10 through 2017-18. 

The contract closes a long-standing period of frozen contracts as the district moves into a new phase with local control returned on February 1.

Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools Robert Gregory lauded the agreement.

“We have some of the most talented and hardest working school leaders in the country here in Newark,” Gregory said. “This contract sends the message that our administrators are deeply valued and allows us to attract even more great leaders moving forward. This is also a great example of how we are working collaboratively with our union partners to get the best outcomes we can for their members and the district as a whole.”

Current CASA members will receive an average salary increase over three years of 4.27 percent from 2017 through 2020, exceeding the state average.

CASA members will now earn raises on a new 10-step salary guide based on their performance rating.

Members will also move a step on their salary scale when rated "Effective" or "Highly Effective," with a reduction in the amount of steps from 15 to 10 to allow CASA administrators to reach the top salary at a faster rate.

In addition, the contract provides for stipends in Extended Learning Time schools, with an additional compensation of $5,200 now offered to CASA members.

Nearly half of NPS schools have an extended day for staff and students, allowing for more learning time for students and more collaborative planning for teachers.

Although contract modifications to longevity rules will impact CASA members, longevity has been eliminated for administrators who will not earn it by the end of the contract in June 2020, allowing the district to put more money into the salary guide for all.

“Our schools can only achieve greatness with great school leaders,” NPS Chief Talent Officer Larisa Shambaugh said. “After almost nine years without a new contract, this negotiation was really all about doing right by a group of the most important people in the district. When you look at the contract our school leaders have ratified, it is all about showing them that they are valued, that we understand the hard work that they do each and every day for our students, and that we want to reward them for it.”