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Nashua school board approves pay hike for paraprofessionals

The Nashua Board of Education has unanimously approved a one-year contract with the School District’s 391 paraprofessionals that includes a 2.77 percent raise across the board.

The agreement, which has already been ratified by the Nashua Teachers’ Union, affects 391 Nashua district paraprofessionals. It must still be approved by the mayor and aldermen. ...

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The Nashua Board of Education has unanimously approved a one-year contract with the School District’s 391 paraprofessionals that includes a 2.77 percent raise across the board.

The agreement, which has already been ratified by the Nashua Teachers’ Union, affects 391 Nashua district paraprofessionals. It must still be approved by the mayor and aldermen.

The district’s paraeducators will remain frozen at their current steps for the agreement year, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2105.

In the past, paraprofessionals would move up the pay scale based on credited years of experience. Under the current agreement, a para’s years of experience are relevant for new employee placement, but not for pay raises.

New employees won’t be hired at salaries greater than current employees with the same years of experience. Reconciliation of credited years with the pay scale or step schedule will have to take place in future contracts, according to the agreement.

Other new points in the agreement include the district’s plans to offer online workshops and seminars for paraprofessionals by July 1, 2015. The virtual professional development would count toward recertification and can be taken in place of in-person seminars.

The district provides professional development opportunities on early release days, but not all workshops are relevant to each paraprofessional. Having an online option allows paras to choose when to take the workshop and which workshop is most relevant to their position.

The district will continue to reimburse tuition costs up to $8,000 for employees working 1,080 or more hours per school year. The courses must be relevant to the position and ultimately benefit the district.

Part-time sick leave was also clarified in the agreement, along with payroll options for paraeducators when school is closed for weather- or non-weather-related reasons. Paras must use personal leave to be paid when an entire day is canceled for a snow day, unless the superintendent waives the personal leave requirement in extenuating circumstances.

The agreement is with Unit B Para-Educators of the Nashua Teachers’ Union.