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A pay increase has been approved by the New Fairfield Board of Education for paraprofessionals.  Their union recently ratified the contract after a more than year-long mediation process for negotiations.  An analysis found that the workers were paid less than the state average, and ranked at the bottom in the Greater Danbury area.  The union argued that some towns offered starting salaries higher than the top paid New Fairfield employee.  Paraprofessionals will get an 11 percent increase by July, with retroactive pay to last July when the old contract expired.  The starting salary is $12.23.