With teachers' contract extended, Willsboro waits on state

WILLSBORO-Between now and April 12, there is a lot that can happen.

That is why the Willsboro Central School administration is taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the budget process.

"I gave the school board an outline of where we are and what the budget contains so far," school superintendent Stephen Broadwell said. "We are really waiting to see if the state passes the budget on April 1."

Broadwell said that he is hopeful that the state will have a more firm direction by the time the school board reaches the deadline to adopt a school budget of April 12.

"We are really on hold until we see what the state is going to do," Broadwell said.

In the meantime, Broadwell said that he was pleased that the district and the Willsboro Teachers' Association had reached an agreement on a contract extension.

"The extension is a direct rollover contract without any additional raises and includes freezes in all stipends including coaching and extracurricular positions," Broadwell said.

The new agreement is a zero percent salary increase, other than mandated step increments (via the Triborough amendment) for the upcoming school year.

"The district is very pleased with the negotiated and ratified contract with the WTA for the 2011-12 year," Broadwell said. "The Teachers' Association is aware and sympathetic to the current economic climate that everyone is facing."

While the contract extension has been approved, Broadwell said that it may not guarantee that there are no cuts in instructional staff.

"Right now, like every other school, we are looking at everything," Broadwell said.

Broadwell added that both sides will start to meet again in the fall to begin contract negotiations for future years.

The board of education will next meet on Tuesday, March 22 in the conference room at the school at 6 p.m.

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