“As a committee, we entered this process with two major goals: to recognize,encourage, and preserve the amazing work our teachers do every day and to reach a long-term financial deal that Medfield can afford. This contract accomplishes both objectives. It was not always an easy process, but the end result--a contract that works for both sides--was worth it.” commented School Committee Chair, Chris Morrison.
"Association members are very pleased with the outcome and believe the agreement with School Committee to be fair. While the process was challenging at times for everyone involved, it is encouraging to see both sides moving forward and establishing future relations in a positive manner.” said Brendan Hughes, Negotiations Chair.
“I am proud of the Medfield teachers; many of whom, for the first time, stepped-up in solidarity to become an integral part of the collective-bargaining process. Their resolve positively impacted the outcome." said Joan Dion, President of the Association.
“ All parties worked diligently over the course of many months to reach a favorable contract for all stakeholders. We are confident that the results of the process are very positive for all involved.” added School Committee Negotiator Maryanne Sullivan.
“I am very pleased with the results. The many important language changes are focused on improvements that will ultimately benefit our students”, added Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden.
The details of the first contract include a 1.5% increase in the current school year, along with numerous language changes that focus on increased meeting time for teachers, increased communication, equity and more efficient procedures.
The second contract features an increase of 1.5% in 2015-2016, 1.5% and increased longevity amounts in 2016-2017, and a 2% increase for all teachers and an additional .5% increase for top step teachers only for the 2017-2018 school year.