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Sep 21, 2010 7:19 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton School Board approves new teachers' contract

Sep 21, 2010 7:19 PM

The Southampton School Board recently approved a new three-year contract with the Southampton Teachers Association that includes smaller salary increases than in the contract it replaces.

Under the new contract, which is in effect from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013, employees will receive 1-percent salary increases for the current school year, 1.75-percent increases for 2011-12, and 2-percent raises for 2012-13. The former contract, in effect from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2010, included salary increases of 3.5 percent for each year, according to Assistant Superintendent for Business Maria H. Smith.

Also under the new contract, the district will pay 89 percent of the teachers’ health and dental insurance premiums this school year, 88 percent next year, and 87 percent the year after. The contracted amount paid by the district last year was 90 percent, said School Board President David Dubin.

The pact covers all 233 teachers of the STA, according to Ms. Smith.

Mr. Dubin said the salary increases have been reduced from previous years in light of the weakened economy and in looking at trends in neighboring East End districts.

“We are pleased we were able to reach an agreement at the very beginning of the school year,” the board president commented, adding that in past years there was “much more attorney involvement.”

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