June 30 Statement from the Brookline School Committee
The communication below provides important information from the Public Schools of Brookline. Translated versions are available at the following links:
Statement from the Brookline School Committee: June 30, 2021
For several months, the School Committee and the Brookline Educators Union (BEU) have been meeting to work out a three-year contract covering the period 2020-2023. Both parties understood the importance of reaching an agreement by today, June 30, when the current fiscal year ends and our new Superintendent arrives.
The School Committee's most recent offers included pay raises retroactive to the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, with raises for the two upcoming years as well. The offer to our paraprofessional staff was approved unanimously by School Committee at its meeting this evening and subsequently ratified by the BEU.
The agreement for the paraprofessionals includes raises on the order of 18%. These raises are in additional to the contractual "steps" which provide annual pay increases for most educators based on years of experience. Paraprofessionals will also receive additional sick days and personal days, bringing these benefits on par with the teaching staff. Paraprofessionals with long-term services to the district will also receive a significant salary increase through additional longevity pay.
The School Committee's most recent offer for teachers, which was not accepted, would have totaled 5.5% by September 2022 on top of the district's already competitive salaries. Like paraprofessionals, this raise would have been in addition to the contractual "steps" which provide annual pay increases for most educators based on years of experience.
The School Committee will continue to work towards reaching agreements with the BEU for Units A and B, and once again thanks educators for their service this year.