Ashland voters to get 2nd chance to OK teachers' contract

ASHLAND — The School Board has scheduled a special School District Meeting to seek voter approval of a three year collective bargaining agreement with teachers at the Elementary School. The official ballot (SB-2) vote will be held on October 1. A deliberative session will be held on September 3 at 7 p.m. in the William J. Tirone Gymnasium.

The proposed contract would provide teachers with a 5.5 percent increase in salaries over the term of the contract, according to the School Board.

In a statement sent to local media outlets, the School Board noted that many of its teachers have been with the district over 20 years and the board believes the teachers "make Ashland Elementary School a greet school for your children".

"We thank you for your overwhelming support of the School District's budget for 2013-2014 and once again we ask for your support," the board wrote. "Vote yes on the October 1 on the proposed teachers' contract."