Utica teachers vote on new contract, 100 jobs could be restored

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - "It's in the teachers' hands" - that's what Utica Schools Superintendent Bruce Karam says about the future of the district.

On Monday, teachers voted on a new contract that could save the jobs of more than 100 teachers.

Each teacher in the district voted Monday at their own school and then each of the ballot boxes were brought down to the Teachers Association headquarters on Genesee Street after school ended for the day. As of 6 p.m., there was still no outcome for the vote.

A 'yes' vote would mean more than 100 teachers who were handed lay-off notices back on March 27 would not be losing their jobs after-all. On Monday, teachers were asked to vote for a wage-freeze among other concessions.

The administrators in the district, the principals, the vice principals and other administrative staff will vote on the same wage freeze issue on Tuesday. They would also be able to save some jobs if they approve their new contract.

Utica Schools Superintendent Bruce Karam says that if the administrators vote in favor of their contract on Tuesday, the new contracts would immediately be ratified at Tuesday night's school board meeting and a new contact would be part of the final budget which would also be voted on Tuesday night.

Superintendent Karam said he hopes to have that list by next Tuesday's school board meeting. By having the final budget in place Tuesday night, that will give voters more than 21 days to review it, before the school vote takes place on May 15.

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