Shakopee School Board appoints Tim Brophy to open seat, approves teacher raises

Shakopee School Board

The Shakopee School Board on Monday night unanimously voted to appoint Tim Brophy to fill the seat left vacant by former board member Reggie Bowerman’s resignation last month.

Brophy was one of three finalists, along with Jeffrey Smith and Tamra Tyler. There were seven total applicants for the open seat. Most recently, Brophy served on the Shakopee Schools 2019 Community Facilities Task Force.

Brophy will be sworn in on Feb. 10, after a state-mandated 30-day waiting period. He will serve the remainder of Bowerman’s term, which is set to expire at the end of 2020. The seat will be one of three up for grabs in the November election.

At the same meeting, the board unanimously approved a two-year contract with the Shakopee Education Association, agreeing to fund salary increases of 1 percent in the first year and 3.25 percent in the second year. The contract is active from July 2019 through June 2021.

This is quite the salary bump compared to the last contract, which expired in June. Due to the district’s budget issues, the teachers agreed to below-market rate salary increase of .05 percent in the 2017-18 school year and a .12 percent increase in 2018-19.

At the time, Shakopee Education Association President Dale Anderson said the union agreed to such small salary increases because it was focusing on the “long view” amid the budget shortfall issues plaguing the district.

“If we hold out and push the district to pay more than they can afford to, it ends up hurting teachers,” Anderson told the Shakopee Valley News in February 2018. “More teachers get cut; more kids in each classroom. So we’ve got to figure out how to work with the district to work through the financial difficulties.”

The contract approved Monday also provides more district funding toward teachers’ insurance premiums, with an additional 10 percent the first contract year and an additional 8 percent the second year.

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