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Weathersfield teachers upset with contract talks



Published: Fri, December 14, 2012 @ 10:35 p.m.

MINERAL RIDGE — Weathersfield Local Schools teachers took up informational pickets of the schools to let the community know they believe they are being treated unfairly in contract negotiations.

“We are fighting for our rights,” Tammie McCall, president of the Mineral Ridge Education Association said. The MREA represents 65 teachers.

Schools Superintendent Damon Dohar, however, said the district is still operating in the red, even though it has a $1.7 million carry-over balance.

“To me, it’s the long-term effect,” Dohar said. He said he continues to be worried about state funding and potential new cuts to the district.

Teachers are working under terms of a three-year contract, which went into effect on July 16, 2010, to July 15, 2012.

A starting teacher was at $27,748 annually in 2010 and realized a $624 increase to $28,372 in 2011 and a $426 increase to $28,798 in 2012.

A teacher at the top of the scale went from $62,466 in 2011 to $66,249, (a $3,783 increase) and $67,243 in 2012 (a $994 increase).

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1nick79(4 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Whoever wrote this article should have tracked down one of the English teachers for a proof read. This is hardly readable.

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2Knightcap(696 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Teachers should be looking for more security at their schools then always with their hands out for money. Are they paying 20% of their health-care benefits? Making $67,243 is good for working half a year. Maybe they should take from top and add it to the starting teachers pay.

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3sweatpea(122 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

give them the $1.7 million and make this deal. When the district goes in the red start cuting from the top to regain a positive balance.

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4ulistenup(95 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

sweatpea,

Don't cut "from the top." I get tired of seeing administrators take the blame when the teachers' costs are astronomical compared with the amounts paid to management.

Also, administrators don't get summers off, which is the silliest education policy still in the dark ages - once again driven by the teachers (and their greedy union).

Push for more and more "choice" in education and give these anachronistic public school systems some healthy competition.

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