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Cheshire teachers officially have a new four-year contract after an agreement was approved by the Board of Education on Thursday night.
The deal, which was agreed to through mediation, runs until 2017 and increases steps and wages by nearly 9 percent. The Union and Board of Education had the framework of the deal established through negotiation and, eventually, it was settled. The teacher’s current deal expires on June 30.
“Overall, we’re happy,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio said. “The teachers were very reasonable.”
In 2013/2014, the teachers will receive a 1 percent wage increase, while step increases are frozen. In future years, wages increase at 0.25 percent, 1 percent, and 1 percent, all while steps increase at more than 1.5 percent annually. Overall, combining wage and step increases, the deal is for about 2.2 percent annually.
Cheshire teachers made concessions and extended the current deal an extra year, splitting the increases across two years. The current deal was for 4.4 percent annually.
Read more about this story, including comments from Union leadership and Board of Education members, in next week’s Cheshire Herald.