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LCSD board of education renegotiates with ULFA

A 3.65 percent increase implemented for first of three-year salary contract

After the Liverpool Central School District's Board of Education's Nov. 16 meeting, much concern hung in the air throughout the community and among district board members.

A special meeting was called tonight Nov. 23 to discuss a renegotiation for the 2009-12 United Liverpool Faculty Association contract proposal. A 3.65 percent salary increase was passed tonight with an 8-1 vote.

Union members will vote on the budget next week for final approval.

"Last Monday night, we obviously disappointed a lot of our folks," said LCSD Superintendent Dr. Ricahrd Johns. "Not just teachers, but the community."

Standing alone in opposition, LCSD Board of Education Vice President F. Joseph Unangst voiced the only sound of opposition on the board.

Before the voting process commenced, Unangst said he would vote "no" as he has throughout this negotiation and in executive session.

Unangst said he was "embarrassed" by last week's vote and thought the board could have rectified the decision better.

He said he would have liked to have seen a one-year extension to see what would happen in the next three years.

"We should've looked at the overall contract, not just salary," Unangst said.

Other areas such as health plans and retirement would have been on the opposed board member's list of alternative amendments in the contract.

Johns said the community wants to put this "big issue" behind them just as much as the board.

The superintendent said some people try to work through "no-contract periods," but he said those things don't lead to any progress.

After the first year's 3.65 percent increase, there will be a 2.15 percent raise for 2010-11 and 2.2 percent for 2011-12.

One of two things would have happened, according to Johns' prediction, either the district would have experienced a long period of litigation or something would have been attempted to be "resurrected from the ashes," if the renegotiation was not done now.

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