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ANWSD and teachers’ union sign one-year contract

VERGENNES — After lengthy and at times stalled negotiations, the Addison Northwest School District Board has struck one-year contract deals with its teachers and support staff unions. 
According to a Tuesday press release from ANWSD Superintendent Sheila Soule, the one-year teachers’ contract will include a 2.5% salary increase.
Support staff workers will receive an increase of pay of 55 cents an hour, according to Soule. Both contracts incorporate a statewide health insurance agreement that was reached in December.
The ANWSD board approved both contracts after a private online session held after the open portion of its Monday meeting. Teachers and staff members had voted earlier to approve the contracts. 
Representatives from both unions and the board’s negotiating committee met one last time on Aug. 13 and successfully resolved what Soule called “two outstanding issues.”
Other issues, she wrote, had been resolved through mediation over the summer, and some agreements were reached earlier in the year before an impasse was declared in May. That impasse led to the mediation. 
Before mediation according to a spring press release Soule wrote, the board’s last offer for a salary increase was 1% for a one-year contract, while the teachers’ union was seeking an increase of 3.75% and other considerations for a two-year contract, or a 4.5% increase for a one-year term.

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