Southborough Wicked Local has shared two stories out of this week’s Northborough Southborough Regional School Committee meeting.
An agreement has been reached on teachers’ 3 year contract and the school calendar will include time off for 3 religious holidays that were proposed to be nixed.
Algonquin teachers agree to 3-year contract – March 21, 2014
Algonquin Regional High School teachers have agreed to terms on a new three-year contract, Superintendent Charles Gobron announced Wednesday.
The teachers will receive increases of 1.5 percent in fiscal 2015, 2 percent in fiscal 2016 and 1.8 percent in fiscal 2017, Gobron told members of the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee.
Gobron said the negotiations included changes to the structure of teacher contracts that should correct “inequalities” between pay grades that have developed over time.
Like many districts, the high school uses a system of “steps and lanes” that rewards teachers for advancing in their own personal education and for the amount of time they’ve been with the schools.
“The first year of the contract includes an adjustment which resulted in step equity – normalizing the dollar increments between steps – and retaining teachers at their current steps with no advancement,” Gobron said. . .
According to the most recent budget, contractual obligations at Algonquin are projected to rise by $567,571 total for fiscal 2015. That includes increases for all school employees, including the secretaries and janitors. . .
[Regional School Committee member Paul Butka] said the tweaks to the steps and lanes are important because the system had become “skewed” over the years and will now be more consistent. (read more)
Algonquin High to keep religious holidays – March 19, 2014
Members of the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Wednesday approved a calendar that protects religious holidays that were on the chopping block earlier this winter.
The committee – which heard from dismayed parents and religious leaders in January – approved the calendar unanimously.
Though the Northborough and Southborough K-8 committees have yet to formally approve calendars, each has indicated it intends to also retain the holidays. (read more)