April 20, 2018
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SAD 68 teachers union approves three-year contract with district

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A three-year contract between SAD 68 and the SAD 68 Education Association, which represents teachers, has been approved by both parties.

Representatives of the district and the association are expected to sign the contract this week, according to SAD 68 Superintendent Alan Smith.

In the 2009-2010 year, the first year of the contract, the teachers continue with their same contributions for insurance coverage and will receive their step increases, Smith said Tuesday.

For the next two years, Smith said teachers “graciously” voted to freeze any wage increase, but they will continue to receive the step increases for which they are eligible. In addition, the association members made some concessions on insurance. As part of those concessions, the teachers will pay a greater percentage of their health insurance costs for whatever plan they carry.

While that contract has been settled, directors are still in negotiations with Foxcroft Academy, which educates the district’s high school pupils.

Smith said the negotiations are going “very well.”

“We’ve not quite finalized everything yet, but FA’s been very willing to work with us and it appears that we’re close” to signing a new contract, he said. What is being decided now is the length of the contract, which starts this school year, Smith stated.

In other district news, directors recently sold the former Head Start building for $45,000. Two local women jointly purchased the building and property, which will be used for their physical and occupational therapy businesses.

Smith said the property wasn’t placed out to bid because the district had two parties interested in it. He said two different Realtors provided estimates of its value, and the two women offered what the Realtors had said the property was worth.

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