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New Milford Board of Ed votes to distribute money owed to teachers from 2015

The New Milford Board of Education has voted to pay $350,000 to teachers who worked during the 2015-16 school year, in line with a state Supreme Court ruling.  The court ruled in favor of the teachers union, which said the Board of Ed violated their collective bargaining agreement by extending the workday for teachers on multiple occasions.  When the legal battle waged, the money was put in escrow so it does not impact the budget this year.  The teachers will be paid based on their salaries for the uncompensated 20 additional hours they worked during the 2015-16 year.  10 student early release days had been eliminated that year, filling the time with open houses and evening events.

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