September 24, 2022

Region 4 Schools Boards to Consider Three-Year Teacher Contract, School Calendar Changes at Meeting

REGION 4 — The Region 4 Supervision District Board of Education will consider a new three-year contract for district teachers, and proposed changes to the 2013-2014 school calendar, at a meeting Thursday. The session convenes at 7 p.m. in the library at John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River. The supervision district board is a large group comprised of all of the elected members of the Region 4 Board of Education, and the local school boards for Chester, Deep River, and Essex.

The agreement with the Region 4 Education Association bargaining unit was negotiated in early October with assistance from a mediator assigned by the state Department of Education. Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy said last week the three-year contract that extends to June 30, 2016, has been approved by the teachers union. Levy said details of the contract, including salaries and benefit changes, would not be released until the Dec. 6 meeting.

Last week, a calendar committee of the boards gave a tentative endorsement to a proposed 2013-2014 school calendar that would again honor the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, make Columbus Day a holiday for students and a professional development day for teachers, and hold classes on the second Monday in November Veterans Day holiday. The proposed calendar would also cut the February 2014 winter vacation from a week to two days, including the required President’s Day holiday. Both the calendar and the teacher contract require approval from each of the four Region 4 school boards.