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updated: 6/7/2012 4:11 PM

Batavia school board could vote Friday on teachers contract

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The Batavia school board will discuss, and possibly vote on, a new contract for teachers Friday.

The board has called a special meeting for 4:15 p.m. at the Jones Administration Center, 135 W. Wilson St. The agenda lists voting on a contract as a possibility.

The current five-year contract with the Batavia Education Association expires June 30. It covers almost 400 certified personnel, including teachers, social workers, librarians and psychologists.

In 2010, the union agreed to take a smaller pay increase than the contract called for in the 2010-11 school year, and to use money set aside for employee wellness programs for other expenses, in exchange or a guarantee the school board would lay off no more than the equivalent of 11 full-time employees. District and union officials estimated the concessions saved the district $2.3 million. The board had considered laying off up to 60 full-time equivalencies to avoid a budget deficit of more than $6 million for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Batavia Education Association President Tony Malay could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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