Derry residents to vote on school paraprofessionals' contract
The two sides initially came to an agreement earlier this year, but that proposed three-year contract was voted down by residents at the March town election.
The new contract includes smaller pay raises for the paraprofessionals over the next three years and will cost about $27,000 less than the original agreement over the course of the contract.
The new agreement calls for pay increases of 10 cents per hour the first year, 15 cents the second year and 15 cents the third year. Originally, the contract called for a 15-cent raise the first year and a 25-cent raise in the third year.
“The real issue is with the total amount of spending,” said Perkins. He said not only should the educational assistants not get a raise, but suggested that all pay raises in the town and the school district should be off the table for the foreseeable future.
The School Board supports the revised contract proposal.
“I think this is an excellent agreement, and both sides were able to come to an agreement rather quickly,” said Ochs. “I think this will benefit everyone involved, including the taxpayers. I think it’s a fairly substantial savings over the original proposal, which I thought was reasonable in and of itself.”firstname.lastname@example.org