The Plainville Board of Education held a public meeting to discuss the tentative agreement reached with the Education Association of Plainville. The teachers' association and the Board have been involved in negotiation since this summer. At the meeting, Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Kitching, explained the negotiation process and the details of the new contract. After discussion, the Board voted unanimously to approve the contract that covers the period from September, 2013 through August, 2016. Board members involved agreed that both sides negotiated in very good faith and in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect and that they are pleased with the results.
Superintendent Kitching stated, "I recommend the Board approve this contract because it is good for our school system and our students. We have great respect for the high-quality teachers we have here in Plainville and we feel this is a fair agreement for them. It will also allow us to remain competitive within the area and continue to recruit the best teachers into our schools."
Over the entire three-year period of the contract the Board's teacher salary budget would increase 8.4%. However, over that same period the contract establishes changes to health insurance that will significantly reduce costs by over 30%.
"The combination of the salary agreement and the restructuring of the health benefit plans the teacher's union were willing to make, results in the contract being budget neutral over the three years," Kitching explained.
Board Chairperson Andrea Saunders closed the discussion at the meeting stating, "This agreement meets the Board's needs and at the same time is very good financially for the Town of Plainville's taxpayers, but most importantly it is right for our students."
-Posted on October 18, 2012 at 01:58 PM
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