The Spoon River College Board of Trustees voted during a special meeting on February 6 to approve the new two-year contract with full-time faculty.
The agreement had already been ratified by teachers.
College President Curt Oldfield considers it a good contract.
“It weaves in the changes that the faculty were requesting. So we were able to have a mutually beneficial contract that met the needs of the faculty and their bargaining unit and also met the needs of the Board of Trustees to keep expenses in line with budgets that were created,” Oldfield said.
Faculty at Spoon River College say they are "frustrated and disappointed" about contract talks with the community college’s administration. Teachers have been working without a contract since their previous six-year deal expired in mid-August.
During the Board of Trustees’ October meeting in Rushville, SRC Faculty Association President Stacy Swanson said the administration’s contract proposals discourage professional development and remove caps from insurance increases. She also said SRC’s faculty members are the lowest paid community college teachers in the state.