Chicopee school teachers could see a raise

Teacher's have been operating under expired contracts since last summer

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Public School teachers moved a step closer to getting a new contract.  They’ve been working under an expired contract since last summer.

Teachers claim they’ve been forced to work extra hours before and after school to comply with several state and federal mandates issued last year, and they want more money and time to complete their work.

“It’s hard for the teachers to teach the curriculum for six hours and then maintain what the state needs us to do,” said Chicopee school teacher Amy Platt.

The teacher’s union has been unable to reach agreement with the Chicopee Board of Education, until recently. While he couldn’t go into specifics, Superintendent of Schools Richard Rege told 22News the new contract does address salaries and time.

“The package does address both of those issues which are most important. The union was very clear with us that those were the two most important issues,” Rege said.  “Everybody’s anxious to get this done, not just on the teaching side, but the management side as well.”

With the help of a mediator, Rege said he hopes to have the contracts finalized by the department and the teacher’s union in the next couple of weeks.

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