Article 3

To see if the Pelham School District will vote to approve the cost items included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement reached between the Pelham School Board and the Pelham Education Association, which calls for the following increase in salaries and benefits at current staffing levels:

                                   Year 2007-08   $ 392,033                                             

                                   Year 2008-09   $ 396,307

                                   Year 2009-10   $ 413,038


And further to raise and appropriate the sum of  THREE HUNDRED NINETY-TWO THOUSAND THIRTY-THREE DOLLARS ($392,033) for the 2007-2008 school year, said sum representing the additional costs attributable to the increase in salaries and benefits over those of the appropriations at current staffing levels paid in the prior school year. (Recommended by the Pelham School Board) (Not Recommended by the Pelham Budget Committee).


Originator School Board
School Board 5-0-0 Recommended
Budget Committee

3-7-1 Not Recommended (Lavallee, Gleason, Doug Viger, Puddister, Lowe, Sherman, Farris - no; Dennis Viger - abstained)

Voter's Guide Explanation

This article represents the costs associated with ratifying a new agreement between the District and the teachers union (Pelham Education Association). This agreement is three years in length starting with the 2007-2008 school year. Here are the major aspects of the agreement:

1-       The teacher salary budget is increased by 5% each year of the agreement. It does not mean every teacher receives a 5% raise for three years, it means that the total cost to the taxpayers for teacher salaries will increase each year by 5%;

2-       The co-curricular positions will receive a 3.5% increase in the first year of the agreement with no increase in subsequent years;

3-       Teachers will contribute 5% more towards the cost of health insurance premiums by the end of the agreement;

4-       Retirement severance benefits are reduced for teachers with less than ten years of service as of 7/1/2007 from two years of salary severance to one year.

The total costs associated with the agreement are listed below:

School Year

 Total Cost Increase


 $               392,033


 $               396,307


 $               413,038

Backup Data





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