Great news. As announced by the School Committee yesterday, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District employees have agreed to a salary concession of one day without pay for the 2009-2010 school year.

Two unions were involved in negotiations – the Hamilton-Wenham Education Association, which represents teachers, secretaries and nurses, and the Hamilton-Wenham Custodians’ union. A majority of both unions voted in favor of the giveback, which will save the district approximately $110,000 next year and mitigate teacher layoffs.

A press release from the School Committee quoted John Kotch, President of the Hamilton-Wenham Education Association, as saying

“The communities of Hamilton and Wenham have been incredibly supportive of the schools in many ways and we sincerely appreciate this fact. We felt that it was important for the Association to demonstrate our understanding of the current economic climate. It is always difficult for anyone to take a reduction in salary, but it was simply the right thing to do.”

As you’re in and out of the schools in the coming days – volunteering, picking up or dropping off a child – please take a moment to stop and thank a teacher, a secretary, a custodian or a nurse for their contribution.

Click here to read the full press release (H-W Chronicle).

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