The Metrowest Daily News was at the regional school committee meeting last night, and they report the committee approved a new teacher contract that pays out a 3.8% cost-of-living adjustment over the next three years.
“These increases are the lowest in the 45-year history of collective bargaining at Algonquin” and were agreed to in light of the current economic climate, Superintendent Charles Gobron said. “The teachers are very attached to this high school and wanted to make sure we could continue on at the staffing levels we have and continue to run all our programs.”
The contract runs from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2014 and features a 1 percent cost-of-living raise in the first year, a 1.25 percent increase in the second and a 1.55 percent increase in the third.
The increases are separate from contractual pay increases teachers receive as part of the step and lane system, which boosts pay as teachers spend more time in the system or acquire post-graduate credits and degrees.
As a concession, the high school teachers agreed to increase their health care contribution from 20 to 25 percent. You can read more details in this article by the MWDN.
The contract is similar to the one the Southborough School Committee approved for K-8 teachers last month. The K-8 teachers will receive a 3.5% in cost-of-living increase over the next three years and also agreed to increase their health insurance contribution from 20 to 25 percent.