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April 23, 2009

Teachers union agrees to wage freeze

Teachers in Crown Point will get no raises in the coming school year--not even step raises--under a tentative union contract that may be the first of its kind in New York State.

Superintendent Shari Brannock, who proposed the freeze, told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican:

"This generous concession is being applauded by all members of the Crown Point School community"....

"This true pay freeze is thought to be the first in the state by a New York State United Teachers-represented bargaining unit, and the teachers should be credited with showing tremendous character to help protect student programs, control the budget, save jobs and preserve the future of our school."

Without the salary freeze, the school superintendent anticipated layoffs. The district, located along Lake Champlain, has 32 teachers, seven teaching assistants and 281 students, according to the newspaper.

Teachers Union President Connie Pereau said the teachers went into negotiations wanting to help the district.

"The whole point behind this was to keep the value of education at the highest level possible....We want to impact the education of the children as little as possible."

The tentative one-year contract must be ratified by union members and the school board.

Posted by Lise Bang-Jensen

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