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Board Approves Teachers Union Concessions

April 15, 2011 by John Rook

The Board of Education approved a concession package offered by the district's teachers union that will allow the Town to save money in exchange for promising not to cut positions for the next two years.
The agreement will see the teachers union contract extended for one year and, instead of receiving a 4.6 percent average wage increase in the upcoming fiscal year, it will be spread out over two years.
The union voted to approve the concessions package on Wednesday, a day after the Cheshire Town Council allotted the school district a $61.3 million. The Council and Town Manager Michael Milone decreased the Board's original budget proposal by $2.1 million.
It is expected that the Board will borrow money from its medical trust fund to make up the difference, after the concession package savings are added in.
For more on this story, see next week's Cheshire Herald.

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