EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 25, 2013

Derry voters head to the polls

By Julie Huss
jhuss@eagletribune.com

---- — DERRY — Voters head to the polls today to consider a new contract for the school district’s paraprofessional and assistants union.

The new three-year agreement between the school district and its teacher assistant and paraprofessional union is before voters.

In March, voters approved the school’s $81 million budget, but shot down a warrant article for a new collective bargaining agreement between the district and the AFSCME teachers assistants union.

Residents heard details at a deliberative session last month.

The new three-year agreement, if approved by voters, would give members a 10-cent raise the first year, 15 cents the second year and 15 cents in the third, costing about $27,000 less than the original agreement.

The positions covered in this union include educational assistants, special education assistants, kindergarten aides, and library, computer and reading assistants.

Money to support the new contract, if approved, would come out of the district’s existing budget, officials said, and will not add more financial burden to the taxpayers.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School for voters in all districts.