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Nyack Schools, Teachers Agree To New Contract

Nyack, March 11 — Nyack’s School Board and teachers have agreed to a new contract ending a year-long negotiation with modest salary increases over the next three years.

The agreement calls for an increase of 1.5 percent during the 2010-11 school year followed by raises of 1.75 and 1.9 percent in the final two years of the agreement. The new agreement, retroactive to July 1 of last year, includes no increases for the current school year.

Donna Ramundo, Nyack Teachers’ Association President, says the new contract is a “fair deal” for students, taxpayers and teachers.  ‘€œAll parties have recognized their mutual responsibility to educate all students to their optimal potential and to exhibit fiscal restraint,’€ says Superintendent of Schools Dr. Valencia Douglas.

The new agreement also:

  • Incorporates the schools’ nurses into the Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Provides greater flexibility to the administration in scheduling secondary school science sections
  • Reduces the number of approved absences for tenured staff from 40 to 30 days
  • Reduces long term leave from two years to one.
  • Allows second year, non-tenured teachers to opt out of the Mentor/Professional Partner Program.

Source: Nyack Schools, 3/11/2010

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