SOUTH BURLINGTON - South Burlington teachers and School Board members narrowly averted a teachers strike last week. The parties involved agreed on a three-year contract.
Teachers approved the new contract which maintains automatic, taxpayer-funded cost of living increases for teachers.
Not all school district residents are happy with the deal.
"Why should I, a taxpayer, pay for teachers' automatic cost-of-living increases?" asks Michael R. Toomey, Jr., of South Burlington. "I have worked here since 1999-Ihave yet to receive a cost-of-living increase myself. This is why places like Vermont and Wisconsin are a mess. Greedy, overpaid public workers are killing us."
Marie Fitzgerald, chairwoman of the School Board, told reporters that the agreement represented a fair compromise for all the parties involved in the contract negotiations.