NSCSD Board of Ed approves teacher raises for 2020-2021 school year


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The North Salem Central School District Board of Education recently approved a salary increase of 2.00% for the 2020-2021 school year, including retroactive pay.

Negotiations between the District and the North Salem Teachers Association (NSTA) had previously been underway last spring, but then halted due to the pandemic. Instead, The District and the NSTA agreed to extend the existing contract through June 30, 2021, with two changes: a 2% salary schedule increase and a requirement for the Middle School and High School teachers to use the parent portal to post grades and homework.

The use of the parent portal for the posting of grades and homework has been "a long time request from parents," according to Superintendent Ken Freeston.  Under the agreement, the numeric grade of any assignment, quiz, test, project, homework or classwork that impacts a student's grade must be posted by teachers and made accessible to parents and students. NSTA President Jim Savarese said, "the NSTA hopes that parents find more regular access to student grades helpful in facilitating communication and monitoring progress." The agreement does not require the use of the portal for similar purposes at Pequenakonck Elementary School.

The District and the NSTA plan to resume contract negotiations this spring.

"We are grateful to our teachers, especially during these difficult times," said Freeston.

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