The following submission and inquiry came from a Café reader. The source of the information was the most recent (12/5) Villager. – Becki
Town of Woodstock
Receipt of Contract Between Woodstock Board of Education and Woodstock Association of Teachers ~ July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2012
Pursuant to section 10-153d, subsection (b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, on November 26, 2008, the Woodstock Board of Education filed with the Town Clerk of Woodstock a signed contract between the Woodstock Board of Education and the Woodstock Association of Teachers. The terms of such contract shall be binding on the legislative body of the local or regional school district, unless such body rejected such contract at a regular or special town meeting called and convened for such purpose within thirty days of the filing of the contract.
Attest: Judy E. Walberg, Town Clerk of Woodstock – December 5, 2008
What are the terms of the new three year teachers’ contract? What kind of pay raises are included? Is there any cost sharing of health benefits? What is the increase in cost to tax payers?
So now it appears that we have a contract with our local teachers’ union. As always the devil is in the details, so I can hardly respond to the questions that accompanied the submission without more information.
A quick check to the Woodstock Public Schools’ website <http://www.woodstockschools.net/> revealed a downloadable (not sure that is a word, but you know what I mean) PDF of the contract. Use the ‘District’ drop down menu tab, go to ‘Board of Education’, then select ‘Board Members and Information’. The 2009-2012 contract is at the bottom of the center section.
The PDF is 42 pages long, so there is no way I can attest to each and every detail. Much of it seems to be normal boiler plate contract sensibilities (i.e. definitions, procedures and authority delineations). What I did absorb seems fairly reasonable. I don’t have a copy of the contract that is set to expire at the end of June so I am unable to provide a comparison.
Below is the current teachers’ salaries and steps from the current budget for a base of comparison. I may be able to track down a copy of the current contract and will provide it for everyone’s reference when and if I’m successful. Between this and the PDF we should all have enough to mull over for awhile.