Pawtucket teacher contract talks are now under way

Pawtucket teacher contract talks are now under way

Council will have authority this time

PAWTUCKET - Two years after the Pawtucket School Committee approved a controversial contract extension with the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance, school officials have started talks on a new pact with the union.

The current revised contract, approved in the spring of 2011 to save local schools what administrators estimated to be $5 million over the course of the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, runs out in August of this year.

School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro said that the School Committee has already met once with the union on a new contract and will do so regularly going forward. School board members agreed to a confidentiality agreement on contract talks, said Tenreiro.

For the first time this year, the new teachers' contract will be subject to the approval of the Pawtucket City Council, after voters gave the body that authority back in 2010.

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