Derry residents will be asked to approve a new contract for teachers and a new contract for paraprofessionals on the March 11 warrant.
Business Manager Jane Simard explained the two contracts as part of her presentation in the Jan. 12 budget hearing.
The teacher contract involves Articles 5 and 6 on the warrant, Simard said. Five is the actual contract and 6 allows voters to approve a special meeting if Article 5 is not approved.
The one-year teachers’ contract, if approved, would mean a budget increase of $403,888. The increase would have been $656,732, but union members approved a change in their prescription copayment, saving the district $252,844 and resulting in the $403,888, Simard said. The contract includes step increases of $500 each, steps 2 to 14, and $790 each, step 15.
If approved, the contract would have a tax impact of 17 cents per thousand.
The paraprofessional contract covers Articles 7 and 8 on the warrant, with the contract 7 and the provision for a special meeting 8.
The “para” contract would be for two years, and the first year would have a total increase of $69,771, with the second year an increase of $75,572. Steps 1 to 3 would receive a 20-cent-per-hour increase while Steps 4 to 8 would receive 30 cents per hour more.
The tax impact would be .03 cents per thousand.
Board members Ken Linehan and Jeri Murphy represented the board in negotiations. Murphy said that not much has changed since the last contracts. There have been some language changes and the union granted the district the ability to change health plans, she said, in order to avoid penalties through the Affordable Care Act.
Before the public hearing, the board approved the contracts, 5-0-1.
The third article on the ballot asks voters to approve a 10-year lease for the Next Charter School to continue to occupy the space it has remodeled in the former technology education area at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School. The lease is for $20,732.78 per year, to add up to $237,678 by 2025-26. With the addition of the $206,000 Next spent to remodel the basement space, the total revenue is $443,678 over 10 years and represents 1 cent of revenue on the taxes.
In addition, Warrant Article 1 is to elect officers and Warrant Article 2 is the operating budget. A warrant article to test the waters on full-day kindergarten for all Derry students was removed from the warrant (see related story page 1).