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Lynn school board and teachers’ union agree on new contract

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patrick Tutwiler. (Spenser Hasak)

LYNN — After a late-night bargaining session, the Lynn Teachers Union and the school board reached an agreement in principle on a new contract on Wednesday night, multiple sources confirmed to the Article.

The contract is subject to the vote of the union and the school committee and must be approved by both bodies before being promulgated.

The union had advocated for smaller class sizes, lower workloads and higher salaries to improve teacher recruitment and retention. Before the new deal, teachers regularly taught classes with more than 40 students and faced “workloads that leave educators without the time they need to give individual attention to students, and a salary so low that educators can earn an extra $250 to $300 each week if they move to teach in a nearby neighborhood,” according to the union.

School officials, including Superintendent of Schools Patrick Tutwiler, did not return multiple requests for comment, and Deputy Superintendent Kimberlee Powers hung up on the phone. Daily article reporter on Wednesday evening.

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