Exeter school paraprofessionals fight cut in hours
According to the complaint, most of the full-time paraprofessionals worked 35 hours a week from 2006 to the current school year. The union negotiated its current contract and others in the past "based upon its understanding that almost all of the full-time paraprofessionals would work 35 hours a week," the complaint said.
Working 35 hours a week also makes paraprofessionals eligible for membership in the New Hampshire Retirement System.
The complaint quotes minutes from a school board meeting in April during which Superintendent Michael Morgan reported that the district "appears to be in sound financial shape, showing an unreserved fund balance of $595,963.07."
In July, Morgan told the board that the district would receive approximately $800,000 from the Local Government Center because of overpayments made by towns and school districts. The complaint said Morgan suggested using the money to restore cuts made in June, but the board voted to table the issue indefinitely.
The union argues the reduction of hours was illegal and that some of the refund from LGC should be used to restore the cuts.
"The district does believe that it has acted completely within the boundaries of the law and the collective bargaining agreement with the (paraprofessionals)," he wrote in an e-mail.
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