School Committee Approves Three Year Contract with Teachers’ Union

The School Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a three-year agreement with the teachers’ union, providing for a 7 percent pay increase over three years.

The contract with the Bedford Education Association stipulates a 2.5 percent increase for the first year and 2.25 percent for the ensuing two years.

The contract also calls for the same hikes in stipends separate from salaries and an increase in the longevity benefit of $100.

Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad said the contract also adopts the state rubric for teaching and learning and creates some clear timelines. Also included is the introduction of “artifacts” as part of the evaluation process.

The contract also reduces the number of required workdays from 185 to 184, a change that Conrad said actually was made last year.

Wednesday’s brief open session on the Zoom platform followed a 40-minute executive session by the School Committee, the superintendent, and Town Manager Sarah Stanton, who is a participant in negotiations with the teachers’ union.

The superintendent thanked the BEA for its “hard work and cooperative nature” during negotiations.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763


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