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Pembroke voters to consider new teachers contract
This year, however, the length of the contract is three years, as opposed to the two-year deal rejected by voters at 2013 School District Meeting, and Pembroke Co-Superintendent Patty Sherman said the overall value of the current contract proposal is significantly more in favor of the taxpayers.
The current proposal, which begins at the start of the 2014-2015 school year and runs through 2016-2017, offers annual increases of $394,099, $257,974 and $264,164, respectively. The total amount of tax dollars being asked of voters this time around is $916,237.
"We did end up going to mediation, but mediation was very successful and it produced an outcome that everyone was excited about," she said. "I think it's a good deal because the teachers heard the voters last year, and acknowledged those concerns, and they worked really hard to come back to the table and eventually accept a deal that was virtually the same for three years instead of two years. That was a huge concession on their part and I give them a lot of credit."
"You know, we worked really hard with the school board to come to an agreement ... and we worked hard through mediation to come to some compromises, and what we gathered from the school board members is they very much want what's best for our teachers and what's best for the taxpayers, and were equally eager to come up with a fair compromise," said Butler.
Elementary teachers also requested an additional 15 minutes a day in instructional time, said Butler.
The two sides agreed to form a committee to explore a higher deductible insurance plan due to what Sherman termed "skyrocketing insurance rates."
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