The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 2, 2003


Carlisle teachers' contract approved

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted unanimously Tuesday evening, April 29 to ratify the proposed contract between the Carlisle School Committee and the Carlisle Teachers' Association, effective July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2006. At the meeting fourth-grade teacher Deb O'Halloran representing the Teachers Association read the following:

"After several bargaining sessions, the Carlisle School Committee and the Carlisle Teachers' Association have reached agreement on a contract. The contract calls for raises to the salary scale of 2 % for each of the next three years. The first year's raise is to be funded by shifting [$86,000 in] funds from the Summer Employment, Faculty Grants, Tuition Reimbursement and Locally Assessed Incentives. By the third year of the settlement these accounts will be funded at present levels. Other issues addressed were induction and mentoring of new teachers, access to buildings, evaluation policy and planning time. In a difficult economic environment the process was nevertheless characterized by a collaborative spirit."

The 2 % basic raise is combined with other raises given to teachers for years of service and advanced education. Most teachers with less than 12 years of experience will recieve a total salary increase of about 6.5%.

Carlisle School Business Manager Steve Moore said that once retirements are factored in, "the bottom line" will be a yearly increase of 2-3% in the teachers' compensation portion of the school budget. He said that the $86,000 temporary reduction in teachers incentives and stipends described above will not include any cuts to student programs.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito