Windham voters to have say on proposed teacher contract
During the Dec. 19 School Board meeting, all of the participating board members favored the contract's ratification. Chairman Michael Joanis abstained from the vote.
The new contract has been in the works for several months.
In October, union president John Hayward announced that the union had reached an impasse in the negotiations process and a court-appointed mediator began assisting with the process earlier this month.
There will be no cost of living adjustments included in the new contract.
Overall, the new contract will cost the district $488,269 the first year and $505,237 the second year.
"We've done plenty of brainstorming," he said. "I'm sure the teachers are happy and the town will be happy. Hopefully we can move forward from here and this will pass in March."
A total of 2,024 citizens had voted against Article 3, the collective bargaining agreement with the Windham Education Association, this past March. A total of 1,650 residents favored the proposed contract.
This year's Windham School Deliberative session will take place in February, with voting to take place at the March 11 Town Meeting.
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