---- — School Board hears contract details
DERRY — School Board members heard details at a meeting Dec. 11 of the new contract between the Derry School District and its assistants.
The new three-year contract gives raises to the district’s assistants, including those helping in the classroom, the library, with special needs students and in kindergarten classes.
Assistants will receive raises of 15 cents in the first year of the contract, 15 cents in the second year and 25 cents in the third year.
Board member Neal Ochs said the negotiating process went smoothly.
“We came to a good agreement,” he said.
Students raise money for cancer research
Students throughout Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have collected $150,000 through Pasta for Pennies, presented by Olive Garden.
More than 95 schools and more than 45,000 students in three states raised $150,000 raised in 2011-2012.
Students filled collection jars and boxes in their classrooms with spare change over a three-week period during the school year. The top fundraising class at each participating school received a pasta party from their local Olive Garden restaurant.
Spare change raised through Pasta for Pennies helps fund blood cancer research and provides much needed services and support to leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients and their families.
“We congratulate all of the students who put forth such an amazing effort in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said John Caron, president of Olive Garden. “Through Pasta for Pennies they have come to understand that even the smallest donation can have a significant impact on their local community. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is moving closer to a cure because of their efforts.”