The Bedford Central School District's Board of Education will vote tonight on a new contract for its teachers' union, the district confirmed and The Journal News reported.
The meeting agenda for tonight, which will include interviews with three candidates vying for an open board seat, notes the contract but does not include a copy of it.
The district announced that a new 3-year contract, which would replace the old deal that expired on June 30, was forthcoming in a press release early last month. The proposed deal includes eliminating the traditional step increase model for compensation for new employees. The press release did not give details on salary levels or health insurance contributions, however. At the time it was noted that the union and the board would be taking votes on the deal.
In its coverage of the contract, The Journal News reports that the new employees will get 1.75-percent annual salary increases in perpetuity, or beyond the life of the deal.
Adam Yuro, president of the Bedford Teachers Association, is quoted by the paper as saying the salary change is in exchange for getting rid of the step increases.
He was quoted by the paper as saying, “If the economy improves or the tax cap is overturned, we would be able to go back and negotiate a higher increase.”
could not be reached for comment. Carole LaColla, the district
clerk, was unable to confirm the paper's report.