Thursday, March 26, 2009

"asking employees to take the brunt from a lack of planning"

Posted Mar 25, 2009 @ 10:22 PM
Last update Mar 26, 2009 @ 12:29 AM


Responding to the School Committee's plea for a salary freeze to save teachers' jobs, the head of the teachers' union is saying it's unlikely.

"I'm particularly concerned that they're looking at teachers to bail people out, because it's just such a tough place to be," said Franklin Education Association President Chandler Creedon, who is a school psychologist at Horace Mann Middle School.

The district is facing a worst-case scenario of a $2.9 million budget deficit.

Agreeing to freeze salaries will save $800,000 and only 15 or 16 teachers, Creedon said.

If everyone also stayed frozen in their lane and step, Creedon said, the town would save $1,760,000.

"I don't even want to consider the lane and step freeze," Creedon said.

Part of the reason teachers receive such pay increases is to offset the cost of obtaining a master's degree, which is required for educational licensure within five years of hire, he said.

The average teacher must invest $38,000 to keep their job, he said.

"We'd like to talk about options and not giving up a negotiated pay raise," Creedon said.

Read the full article about the complicated situation in the Milford Daily News here

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