North Salem BOE and Teachers’ Association

Approve New Three-Year Contract

Teachers and District Collaborate on Meaningful Cost Containment

The North Salem Central School District Board of Education and North Salem Teachers’ Association are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract, set to begin with the 2013-14 school year. The agreement was ratified by 90% of the Teachers’ Association members on April 29 and was approved by the Board of Education at its May 8 business meeting.


The new contract calls for adjustments to the step and salary schedules for the next three school years that will help the district create sustainable budgets in the near term.


For 2013-2014, teachers will defer their step increases until November and will receive a salary increase of 0.75%, which is not applied to the step schedule. For 2014-2015, teachers have agreed to a step freeze for the entire school year and will receive a salary increase of 1.6%. Again, this increase is not applied to the step schedule. For the 2015-2016 school year, teachers will receive their regular step increases but have agreed to a salary freeze for the entire year.


The new contract also calls for teachers to contribute a larger percentage toward their health benefits. In 2009, teachers contributed 11% toward their health insurance. By July 1, 2014, this contribution will rise to 15%.


Deborah D’Agostino, Board President, said, “We are pleased to have reached a compromise with the Teachers’ Association. The agreement allows us to remain fiscally responsible to the community, while preserving teaching positions and programs that are so valuable to our district. We extend our great thanks to the North Salem Teachers’ Association for their cooperation and understanding of the challenging economic conditions we face.”


 “I am pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement that reflects the collaborative progress we have made over the past several years,” said Henry Sassone, head of the North Salem Teachers’ Association. “Our teachers understand the challenging economic environment we live in, and are committed to preserving the academic excellence that we have developed.”


The new contract, which takes effect on July 1, 2013, and runs through June 30, 2016, reflects continued cooperation with the North Salem Teachers’ Association. In the 2009-2010 school year, teachers received their step increment but deferred their annual increases for half of the school year. In 2011-2012, the teachers received their step advancements; however, the scale/schedule was frozen and they agreed to a salary freeze. And for the current school year of 2012-2013, teachers did not receive step increases. They agreed to a salary increase of .5%, an amount not applied to the step schedule.


School Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Freeston commented “The district is grateful to the Association for their efforts in helping to control costs. This allows us to be fiscally responsible to the greater community and, as the same time, not compromise the value of the education provided to our students”


“With the large number of instructional and assessment changes occurring in public education, the district must continue to value its professionals and encourage their growth and success. By settling this contract responsibly and fairly, it demonstrates the district’s continued commitment to our teaching staff in pursuit of excellent student outcomes. “