In an effort to clarify recently released information, the CVEA would like to share the following timeline concerning the amount calculated for Warrant Article 3:
The Fact Finder’s report recommended that employees be placed on the hiring matrix according to their professional years of experience. The Fact Finder’s report was provided to the CVEA and the School Board Negotiating Team on December 26, 2017.
After receiving the School Board Negotiating Team’s cost of Warrant Article 3 on January 8, 2018, the CVEA asked for a copy of the worksheets used to determine how much the School Board Negotiating Team believed each employee would be paid. The School Board Negotiating Team had calculated the cost to implement the report using employees’ prior contract step placement instead of years of professional experience.
The School Board Negotiating Team initially refused to provide the requested worksheets. Only after the CVEA submitted an RSA 91-A (“Right to Know”) request, did the School Board Negotiating Team comply. This information was provided to the CVEA on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
By this time, the school district warrant had already been published in preparation for the deliberative session which took place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
The CVEA’s representative told the School Board Negotiating Team’s attorney prior to the deliberative session that the CVEA did not agree with their methodology for calculating the cost of the contract, and expressed concern that the amount the School Board Negotiating Team had published on the warrant might be insufficient to cover the actual cost. This concern is why the CVEA asked to see the employee-by-employee calculations prior to the deliberative session. The CVEA did not challenge the School Board Negotiating Team’s calculation at the deliberative session because, under New Hampshire law, there is no legal mechanism to amend a warrant article stating the cost of a collective bargaining agreement at a deliberative session.
After the voters approved the warrant article, the School Board Negotiating Team requested to interview Dr. Allan McCausland, the Fact Finder. During a phone conference, Dr. McCausland reiterated his words: “No returning teacher (SSP) shall have a salary less than the salary on the hiring matrix for newly hired teachers (SSPs) with the equivalent degree, credits, and experience.” (Fact Finder 5.3.1).
The ConVal Negotiation Team
Patrick R. Cogan, Linda Compton, Lori Groleau, Greg Leonard, Larry Bourgoine, Lise Lemieux, Michelle Hautanen, Patricia MacFarlane