, Derry, New Hampshire

June 20, 2013

Voters to consider new paraprofessional deal

Derry News

---- — DERRY — Voters head to the polls next week to consider a new contract for the school district’s paraprofessional and assistants union.

The new three-year agreement between the school district and its teacher assistant and paraprofessional union will come before voters at the polls June 25.

In March, voters approved the school’s $81 million budget, but shot down a warrant article for a new collective bargaining agreement between the district and the AFSCME teachers assistants union.

Residents heard details at a deliberative session last month.

The new three-year agreement, if approved by voters, would give members a 10-cent raise the first year, 15 cents the second year and 15 cents in the third, costing about $27,000 less than the original agreement.

The positions covered in this union include educational assistants, special education assistants, kindergarten aides, and library, computer and reading assistants.

Money to support the new contract, if approved, would come out of the district’s existing budget, officials said, and will not add more financial burden to the taxpayers.

Polls are open June 25 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School for voters in all districts.