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The new four-year teachers' contract will go into effect July 1 after the Cheshire Town Council formally took action on the deal Tuesday night.
The Council voted 4-3 in favor of the contract, but it officially needed five votes to pass. However, due to local regulations, the contract will still go into effect. The same would have occurred even if the Council took no action or cast the same vote to reject the deal.
“Even though we voted, in essence we took no action,” Town Council Chairman Tim Slocum said, about the vote.
The Council had attempted to vote on the contract the last two months, but couldn't because the document had yet to be filed with the Town Clerk's office. Apparently there was some confusion of medical benefit terminology, so the contract was not filed until both the Board of Education and the Education Association of Cheshire were on the same page.
When combining wage and step increases, the deal is for about 2.2 percent annually over four years. In 2013/2014, the teachers will receive a 1 percent wage increase, while step increases are frozen. In future years, the average wages increase is 0.25 percent, 1 percent, and 1 percent, all while steps increase at more than 1.5 percent, annually.
For more on this story, including more comments from the Town Council, see tomorrow's Cheshire Herald.