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May 2, 2012 11:36 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Teachers Contract Would Include Salary Freeze And Other Concessions

May 8, 2012 6:25 PM

Members of the East Hampton Teachers’ Association will vote formally on a new four-year contract at a meeting on Friday, May 11. If approved, it will include a two-year freeze on regular salary increases beginning this July and defer step raises for half a year in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

The East Hampton School Board voted on May 1 to approve the contract, and negotiating representatives for the school district and the teachers’ association signed a memorandum of agreement on April 30. If approved by the teachers on Friday, the contract will replace the one now in place after it expires on June 30. The current contract is a two-year extension of a five-year deal that started on July 1, 2005.

Under the new agreement, step raises will return to their normal schedule beginning on July 1, 2014. Awarded for longevity and professional development, they averaged about 3 percent in 2011-12. Regular raises were set at 1.75 percent this year. When the two-year freeze ends in 2014-15, a 1.5-percent salary increase will take effect, and in 2015-16 there will be a 1.75-percent increase.

The agreement also calls for an increase in health insurance contributions from the current 10 percent, which would stay in effect while the pay freeze is on, to 12 percent in 2014-15 and to 13 percent in 2015-16. It calls for a committee of district and teacher representatives to develop protocols for annual professional performance reviews, which will be required by the state. A retirement incentive established this year would be offered each year the contract is in effect, but with a February 1 deadline for a June 30 retirement.

New hires will be credited for no more than three years, or Step 4, experience. Teachers hired after July 1, 2012, will receive 12 sick days rather than 15 per year. Grandparents and grandchildren would be added to the list of people for whom paid time off may be taken for bereavement.

Superintendent Richard Burns, Assistant Superintendent Charles Soriano, Assistant Superintendent Isabel Madison and Kevin A. Seaman, the district’s attorney, represented the school district in the contract negotiations, which started in February. Union president Priscilla Campbell, Claude Beudert and Catherine Cafiso represented the teachers’ association. The association’s members include about 220 teachers as well as a handful of nurses and teaching assistants.

“Although not a perfect contract, it is a fair contract,” Ms. Campbell said on May 1 after the School Board voted to approve it. She said she felt there had been “a willingness on both sides to keep at heart what is most important to this district—the kids and the community at large.”

“We’re really happy about this,” Dr. Laura Anker, the school board president, said last week. “I think this is a very positive moment in our district.”

“The teachers are fully aware of the times in which we’re living, the 2-percent tax cap, so we believe that the teachers will work with the school district and vote yes on the contract,” Ms. Campbell said this Tuesday. “Because it’s the only way the district can meet the budgetary restrictions we’re under.”

There is no guarantee that positions will not be cut, she said, and even with staff cuts through attrition, class sizes will inevitably go up. “But we’ll see how it works,” she said, adding, “We’re not going to know until we live it.”

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It's amazing to me that EHSD needs 62 million to education 1700 students and Matetuck-Cutchogue needs only 34 million for the same amount of kids. That's almost twice as much per student. Where is all this money going? Don't answer we all know.
By maxwell (169), speonk on May 2, 12 1:23 PM
No details were revealed about the contract at the request of Priscilla Campbell, president of the East Hampton Teachers’ Association.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a more complete and transparent process,” said Dr. Anker, who’s been on the School Board 20 years.

AMAZING!! No details were revealed in this transparent process.
By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on May 2, 12 3:12 PM
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It says that Priscilla Campbell asked for details to not be released until after the contract is presented to the teachers and voted on- the teachers do not even know yet what is in the contract! Once it is ratified by the teachers the details will be announced. This has been the most transparent budget ever presented for those who bothered to pay attention.
By Harbor at Heart (12), East Hampton on May 3, 12 7:29 AM
trans·par·ent adj \tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt\

Definition of TRANSPARENT

a (1): having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly : pellucid (2): allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (as X-rays or ultraviolet light) b: fine or sheer enough to be seen through : diaphanous


a: free from pretense or deceit : frank

b: easily detected or seen through ...more
By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on May 3, 12 8:35 AM
hope that clears things up.
By cobb (11), Flanders on May 3, 12 11:56 AM