The Stoneham School Committee signs a three-year contractual agreement with the Stoneham Teachers Association

For immediate release

STONEHAM — The Stoneham School Board would like to announce that it has entered into a three-year contract agreement for teachers with the Stoneham Teachers Association.

The agreement came into effect on July 1, 2022 and will last until the end of the 2024-2025 school year.

As part of the contract, the teachers’ salary grid will increase by 7% over a three-year period: 3% for the 2022-2023 school year, 2% for the 2023-2024 school year and 2% for the school year 2024-2025. Together with salary increases from previous years, this represents a total increase of 13.5% since 2015.

“I am grateful for the spirit of cooperation and respect that led to this agreement,” Superintendent John Macero said. “We believe this contract achieves the goals of all parties involved, including salary increases, which will continue to help the district attract and retain talented educators. Overall, this agreement supports our shared mission to provide the highest quality education to our students.

The agreement also includes:

  • A new longevity payment of $600 when educators reach 10 years of experience in the field of education. Previously, longevity payments only applied to 5, 15, 20 and 25 years of experience.
  • Educators will be able to receive up to $1,000 for reimbursement for pre-approved courses per school year, instead of $900. Reimbursement is capped at a cumulative annual total of $70,000 for the entire Teachers’ Association.
  • Teachers in Step 12 Masters through Step 12 Doctorate will receive a $500 salary grid increase in the second year of the contract agreement.
  • Paternity leave can be used for up to eight consecutive school weeks within six months of the birth of the child. Previously, educators could use the eight weeks non-consecutively and the leave was based on calendar weeks, not school weeks.
  • Teachers with professional status can access a maximum of 272 accumulated sick days over a five-year period. Teachers who reach the maximum allocation of 272 days and return to active duty must be on active duty for at least one consecutive year before they can reapply to the sick leave bank. The previous contract specified a maximum allowance of 330 days of sickness bank, with no restriction on the frequency of use.
  • An updated holiday calendar, which now includes Juneteenth.