Guilderland teachers contract approved

Decreased raises in coming two years said to save $840k

— “By receiving a delayed step increase, I think it demonstrates the teachers understand the fiscal difficulties the districts are facing,” she said.

The district will see some of the saving in the coming year because of the reductions in teachers, but the district budgeted with the appropriate step increases in mind so most savings would be seen in the 2013-14 school year.

According to the district, “other changes in the contract include clarified language and updates on the use of personal leave, tuition reimbursement, evaluation for teacher leaders and coaches.” It also discusses the development of the district’s annual Professional Performance Review Plan and the related appeals process.

“Considering the current economic climate, we are thankful and pleased that both parties could come to an agreement that not only meets the needs of our committed staff but that is also fair to our taxpayers, as well,” said Board of Education President Colleen O’Connell in a statement.

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