Harlem Teachers' Contract Settled

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The Harlem School District teachers gave their approval last week. Monday night the Harlem School Board gave a unanimous "yes" to accept a three-year teacher contract.

A very long chapter in the Harlem School District's history came to an end Monday night. There is no question that everyone in the district is glad the whole teachers’ contract situation is over.

But at the same time the board and the teachers union seem to be having mixed reactions about this new three year deal.

Superintendent Dr. Pat DeLuca said he was happy with the agreement and said that this is something the district can afford. On the other side, the teachers union was not completely confident that the new salary schedules will not be able to attract or retain teachers in the district.

The current employees will increase their base salaries next year by $400 and that number varies depending on years of experience. New teachers will start out with a base salary of $30,400. That too also increased depending on the years of service.

Harlem's school board is dealing with over a half-million dollars in budget cuts for next year. That leaves the deficit at $3.9 million. On another note, the board also approved a new high school Principal to replace Charlie Hollerith. Joe Hazen will be the new head of the school.