North Salem BOE and Teachers Approve New Contract
Agreement Provides 0% Salary Increase This Year, and 0% Step Increase Next Year in Response to Challenging Economic Conditions
A new contract between the North Salem Teachers Association and the North Salem Board of Education was adopted by the Board at its meeting on Wednesday, November 30th – one that will position the district to respond more nimbly to the challenges of the new tax cap.
The agreement, which runs through June 30, 2013, calls for a salary freeze in the current school year (0% increase), and a step freeze (0% increase). Increased health insurance premium contributions for teachers of 1% in the current year and the next year are also part of the agreement, along with a 1% increase in base salary for the 2012-2013 school year and other adjustments that carry only a nominal impact to the district.
“The agreement represents a collaboration in the best interest of our tax payers and the students of the district” said Board of Education President Katherine Daniels and NSTA President Neil Broderick in a joint statement. It is responsive to the challenging economic conditions faced by tax payers, and offers a realistic and fair contract resolution.
The agreement does not impact the current year’s budget appropriations (meaning it will have no additional impact to tax payers) and in 2012-1013, the agreement results in an impact to the budget that will be less than the proportionate share of the states tax cap, giving the district more flexibility to craft the budget, while providing greater relief to tax payers.
On behalf of the North Salem Board of Education and School Superintendent, we would like to thank the North Salem Teachers Association for their willingness to work collaboratively to meet the needs of the North Salem school district in the tax cap era. The agreement represents collaboration between the district and the NSTA. We are grateful for their recognition of these difficult economic times which resulted in a successful completion of these groundbreaking negotiations.