North Adams School Committee OKs 1-year teachers contract

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NORTH ADAMS — The School Committee has signed off on a 1.25 percent raise across the board for teachers in North Adams Public Schools.

The one-year contract with the North Adams Teachers Association was approved unanimously by the committee following an executive session and will remain in effect from Sept. 1, 2016, until Aug. 31, 2017.

The agreement calls for a 1.25 percent raise across the entire wage scale and on all stipends, but makes few other changes to previous agreements.

Under the new contract, the earliest day the school year may begin is Aug. 25. Previously that date had been in Sept. 1.

"[That] is a change in language that is actually a benefit to the school district," said Superintendent Barbara Malkas.

The contract also calls for a joint labor and management committee to meet throughout the summer on several issues, including teacher evaluations conducted by other teachers and the athletic director.

The district's goal is to begin negotiation of a three-year contract in the fall, said Malkas, who succeeded retiring Superintendent James Montepare earlier this month.

The previous contract had extended from September 2013 to August 2016.

Following discussion in executive session, proposals to adjust the salary of Business Manager Nancy Ziter and approve a contract for the North Adams Paraprofessional Association were tabled.

The teachers contract was approved by a 4-0 vote; members Nicholas Fahey and Karen Bond were absent. Mayor Richard Alcombright, who serves as the committee's chairperson, left prior to the vote.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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