"There is an old saying that negotiations between two parties are only successful if neither side wins," Juechter said. "I believe the district and the teachers association came together to create a new agreement which is sensitive to today's economic realities while maintaining the Nyack School District as a desirable place for teachers to be employed.
"Trustee (James) Marshall thanked those involved in July and I'd like to add my sincere thanks to (Superintendent) Dr. (James) Montesano and his team as well as the NTA President Donna Ramundo, Vice President Tom Burns and their team for creating an environment that allowed real and positive negotiations. This district will be better for it."
Among the key points in the new three-year contract are:
- One percent increase in base wages for 2013-14 with a one-time, off-schedule $1,100 payment to those already on the top step as of June 2013.
- Teachers move up only one full step over the three years, one half in 2013-14 and the second half in 2015-16.
- No pay increase for 2014-15
- One percent base wage increase for 2015-16.