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January 10, 2014

Teacher contract headed to Pelham Town Meeting

PELHAM — A two-year teacher contract is coming before voters.

The Pelham Education Association and School Board have ratified the deal that would mean an extra $1,300 to the district’s approximately 150 teachers.

“Each teacher will have a $1,300 increase,” Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz said.

That includes any scheduled step increase due a teacher.

A teacher scheduled to see a $500 step increase would receive another $800 for a combined $1,300.

“They made significant concessions on health care,” Lecaroz said.

The district would realize health cost savings of more than $76,000 the first year and more than $44,000 the second year, according to an analysis Lecaroz provided to the town Budget Committee.

The total cost of the contract would represent a 1.64 percent increase in the first year, a 1.74 percent increase in the second year.

The result of the contract talks pleased the superintendent.

“A less than 2 percent increase is reasonable,” Lecaroz said. “It was really a good, collaborative process with our teachers.”

The union did not return a phone call about the contract.

Voters will act on the contract at Town Meeting on March 11.

The contract will be discussed at the school deliberative session Feb. 5.

Last year, voters rejected the contract by a nearly 2-1 margin.

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