How many Instructional Assistants work in Andover Public Schools?

The FY2022 operating budget (2021/22 school year) supports 230.48 FTEs (“full time equivalents”) of Instructional Assistants. There approximately 240 employees serving in the IA role, and as of November 1, 2021, approximately 76% were full-time 1.0 FTEs.

Table 1 shows the number of IA FTEs budgeted compared to student enrollment. Note the number of IAs has not decreased despite a decline in student enrollment.  This was an intentional decision of the School Committee in the FY2022 budget in order to address potential learning loss as a result of the pandemic and remote learning.  The increase of IA FTEs between FY2019 and FY2020 was to accommodate additional learning time in the student school day, and while FTE increased, the number of IA staff filling those roles did not.

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1. What is an Instructional Assistant?
2. How many Instructional Assistants work in Andover Public Schools?
3. What is the work year for an Instructional Assistant in Andover?
4. What is the process and timeline of bargaining between IAs and the School Committee?
5. What are the hourly rates paid to Andover Instructional Assistants?
6. How do the hourly rates offered by the School Committee compare to the hourly rates proposed by the Instructional Assistant union?
7. What percentage increases have been offered to Andover Instructional Assistants?
8. How does the salary increase offered to Andover IAs compare to salary increases for other Andover unions?
9. Does Andover Public Schools use a consistent set of districts when comparing educator, staff and administrative compensation rates?
10. How does the hourly rate offered to Andover IAs compare to hourly rates in demographically comparable districts?
11. How does the hourly rate offered to Andover IAs compare to hourly rates in geographically competitive districts?
12. Could the school department provide pay increases to IAs without a settled contract?
13. Do members of the IA union receive compensation other than hourly pay as part of their employment?
14. Do Instructional Assistants have access to health insurance benefits?
15. Do Instructional Assistants have access to pension benefits?
16. Is the IA union working without a contract?
17. Should salaries of IAs be more highly prioritized in the school operating budget?
18. Does the School Committee’s wage proposal meet or exceed a “living wage”?