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Arbitration Begins on Wilton Teachers Contract

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Board of Education and the Wilton Education Association have begun three days of arbitration hearings in an effort to reach an agreement on salaries and benefits for the town's teachers.

The teachers' position is that the pay increase offered in a new contract is not enough. They said they would be willing to make concessions on health care in return for an better salary package. 

Much of the first day of conversation on Tuesday concerned insurance providers and programs and how the school board and teachers could find savings and better benefits without losing quality care.

The entry level salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree for the 2011-12 year is $47,240. Salaries can be increased every year through a “step” program dictated by the experience and education level of the teacher. The maximum for teacher with a PhD is $112,636. The full contract is attached to this article. It can also be viewed on the Board of Education's website.

The next session, during which the board of education will provide witnesses, begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, and will continue until the hearing is completed. A third meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All the meetings are shown on the town’s public access Channel 78. The public can attend the meetings in the Professional Library of the Board of Education building.

It is unlikely the arbitration panel will make a decision during the hearings.

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