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Board, union agree on new contract

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee and Greenfield Education Association have signed a three-year contract, which runs through June 2014.

The contract was ratified by both parties last summer but had not been signed.

In the year after it was ratified, both the school board and the union assert that the other side made unapproved changes to the pending contract, which led to unfair labor practice charges and disagreements between the two parties.

The school board and union have now reportedly worked out their differences on the contract language. Chairman John Lunt and Greenfield Education Association President Thomas Bevacqua both signed the contract last month.

The unfair labor practice charges, though, are still moving forward. The state’s department of labor relations found probable cause in the union’s charge and will hold a labor hearing on the issue. The state department is still investigating the school board’s charge.

According to the contract, teachers received a $500 bonus for the 2011-2012 year. They received a 1.5 percent salary base increase, plus step increases, last school year. And they’ll receive another 1.5 percent salary base increases plus step increases this coming school year.

The school board and union are still negotiating a new teacher evaluation policy and payment for teachers who work during extended learning time.

They’ll need to begin negotiating their next contract sometime during this coming school year.

— CHRIS SHORES

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