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Henniker: New teachers’ contract goes up for approval


Monday, March 13, 2017

Hot topic: Voters will get to decide whether to adopt a new two-year teacher’s contract. If approved, contract would include a 1.5 percent increase the first year and a 2 percent increase the next year, and would require teachers to obtain a master’s degree after 10 years of experience to progress on the salary scale. Teachers would also receive salary increases if they completed additional professional development within a certain time frame.

The contract would also eliminate longevity payments, which teachers receive after they’ve either worked in the district for 10 to 14 years or one year after they’ve reached the top of the pay scale.

School board Chairwoman Deb Urbaitis said teachers max out their salary at $57,000 and teachers with 10 to 14 years receive a 5.5 percent bonus of that amount; teachers with over 15 years get a 6.5 percent bonus.

The payments are given out every year, said SAU 24’s business administrator Kathleen Sargent.

Budget: The proposed operating budget is $7.6 million, up 1.42 percent from last year’s $7.5 million budget.

If approved with both warrant articles, the tax rate will increase by 5 cents per $1,000 assessed property value to $12.98, which is an increase of about $10 on a $200,000 home.

Noteworthy articles: A petition warrant article would switch the school district from a traditional town meeting format to SB 2. Another article would ask voters to raise $45,000 for new playground equipment for the Henniker Community School.

Contested races: None.

When and where: The town meeting will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Henniker Community School cafeteria. Ballot voting will be Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Henniker Community School.

Caitlin Andrews