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Friday, June 25, 2010

CCHS teachers sign new contracts

The Concord-Carlisle Teachers Association (CCTA) has voted to approve a one-year and a three-year contract to cover the next four school years. Teachers at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) will receive a 0.75% raise in both the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. In each of the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years, they will receive a 2.25% raise. In addition, roughly 40 teachers in the top step, Step 16, will get an added 0.75% increase. Steps are based on years of experience. The Regional School Committe (RSC) voted to approve the one-year and the three-year teachers’ contracts.

Regional School District Director of Human Services Kelly McCausland said the new contract allows both males and females to take up to a two-week parental leave. This is consistent with state and federal requirements. Previously, only females could take parental leave.

Other changes include new Reduction in Force language added explicitly for the possibility of mid-year cuts. In addition, first-year coaches will receive an additional $88 in the new contract.

RSC member Jerry Wedge asked why one-year and three-year contracts were drawn up rather than one four-year contract. Louis Salemy explained that state law prevented the regional school district from having a four-year contract.

Salemy thanked the teachers union for “their professionalism and cordial attitude throughout the entire negotiation process.” He said that the new contract maintains the CCTA’s position as one of the best paid unions in the state and it was fiscally responsible for both towns. “We have great teachers.” Salemy said that the school committee wanted to make sure they were “fairly compensated and recognized for their hard work on behalf of our students. The RSC is painfully aware of the fiscal and budgetary issues in our towns and our state and have taken the necessary steps to bring the cost curve lower. Through the hard work of both negotiating teams, I belief this contract accomplishes both objectives.”

Salemy also thanked former RSC member Jan McGinn for her role in the negotiation process. “She was instrumental in both parties reaching an agreement.”

After the vote on the contract, Superintendent Diana Rigby talked about FY11 salary adjustments for non-union employees. She said, “I based my decisions on current fiscal conditions, market value within comparable districts and performance.” The administrative team will receive a 2% increase, which will amount to $14,000 in the RSC budget. “A partial market adjustment, based on a survey of comparable districts for the Director of Human Services and the Director of Special Education, will affect the RSC budget by $10,000.” Also, the non-bargaining staff which includes tutors, bus mechanics, IT [information technology] staff, special assistants and food service workers, roughly 100 employees, will receive a 3% increase, which will be a $56,000 increase to the RSC budget.

In addition, vacation time will be increased from 25 to 30 days for four administrative positions: the Deputy Superintendent, the Director of Teaching and Learning, the Director of Special Education and the Director of Human Services. “All of these salary increases are within the adopted FY11 School Budget,” stated Rigby. Salemy said the salary adjustments were well within amounts authorized by the RSC. ∆

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