Falmouth teachers and the town’s school board have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.
In April, the town’s teachers union went public with demands for a contract with better wage and benefit proposals that kept up with cost-of-living increases. The union also said that the district was asking them to give up certain health care benefits.
School Board Chair Whitney Bruce confirmed that the two sides had reached a draft contract agreement, but did not give details because it was still under negotiation. The new contract addresses concerns teachers had raised over salary adjustment and health benefits.
“The next steps to finalize the contract are for the [Falmouth Education Association] to hold a vote within their membership, and then for the School Board to hold theirs,” she said. “Those steps are expected to be concluded next week. Since the contract is still being finalized, the details remain confidential. Following ratification, contracts are public documents that are available on the district’s website.”
Nathan Hall, vice president of the union and a sixth-grade teacher for the district, also confirmed that the union and School Board had reached a “tentative agreement,” which followed a number of “emotional” board meetings and one day of picketing.