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Details of PMHS teachers' contract released

January 12, 2010
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain High School Teachers' Association and the JMA board are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement on the terms of a two-year contract.

In September, the Teachers' Association and school board began their negotiations, sensitive to the difficult economic conditions that the towns of Alton and Barnstead are currently experiencing. Both sides have reached an agreement on a contract that would reflect no cost of living increase to the salary schedule during the first year, when teachers would advance one step on the salary schedule.

During the second year of the agreement, there would be a two percent increase to the salary schedule, and teachers would advance one step. This is the same salary schedule that was approved by the school board, joint budget committee, Teachers' Association, and the voters of Alton and Barnstead in 2007.

Teachers who have been at the maximum salary for their track for at least one year as of July 1, 2010, would receive one-time, non-cumulative payments of $1,000 for the 2010-11 school year and $500 for the 2011-12 school year.

The agreement also calls for teachers to contribute an additional half a percent to their health insurance premiums during the second year.

This contract also includes a longevity agreement for teachers who have been with the high school and its two local districts for 11 or more years. Teachers who have been employed within Prospect Mountain's district for 11 to 15 years would receive compensation in the form of an annual, non-cumulative stipend of $500, which would increase by $250 for every additional five years of service.

For example, a teacher with 16 to 20 years of experience in local schools would receive a $750 stipend, and a teacher with 21 to 25 years of experience would receive a stipend of $1,000.

The estimated cost to fund the agreement for the first year is $70,543. This amount would be shared between the two local districts, based on the JMA formula for average daily attendance. Alton's tax rate would see an increase of two cents as a result of the contract, while Barnstead's rate would increase by six cents.

If the proposed contract is approved by voters, it will become effective on July 1, 2010 and end June 30, 2012.

Both the school board and the Teachers' Association thank the citizens of Alton and Barnstead for the continued support they have given the professionals who educate their children.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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