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3-year contract approved for Stonington teachers

STONINGTON — The Board of Education unanimously approved Thursday night a three-year contract for teachers beginning Aug. 1, 2014, and ending July 31, 2017.

The contract includes the addition of one non-teaching day to the four non-teaching days teachers had in the previous contract. Non-teaching days can be used for professional development, among other things. According to the contract, teachers will have to pay 18 percent or 13 percent for health insurance for 2014-15, depending on the plan they choose — a PPO plan or a High Deductible Health Plan. The board’s rate of contribution for health insurance will decrease by one percent for each of the contract years 2015-16 and 2016-17.

If eligible, the board will provide tuition allowance for graduate courses up to a maximum of six credit hours per teacher for a maximum of $19,000 for 2014-15, $20,000 in 2015-16 and $21,000 in 2016-17.

Wages are determined by a step system and take into account years of service and degrees held. For example, in 2014-15, a teacher on Step 8 who holds a master’s degree will make $67,604. A teacher on Step 1 who holds a bachelor’s degree will make $40,188 that same year.

The board also approved new contracts for paraprofessionals, nurses and secretaries, which are retroactive to July 1. The paraprofessionals and secretaries contracts will end June 30, 2017. The nurses’ contract will end June 30, 2016.

— Anna Maria Lemoine

 


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