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March 9, 2012

Teachers contract tentatively settled; Work-to-Rule ends

The School Committee and the Andover teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement, and teacher-supported Work-to-Rule action has officially been suspended.

A new teachers contract, now overdue by 80 weeks, is expected to be ratified by the Andover Education Association on Monday, April 2, according to an email signed jointly by AEA President Kerry Costello and School Committee Chairwoman Annie Gilbert.

The tentative agreement has suspended the Work-To-Rule action in effect since Jan. 3, 2012. Beginning today, Friday, March 9, teachers will resume activities such as extended extra help that are not part of their contract, the email reports.

The tentative agreement rests on the recommendations made by a High School Schedule Committee that is currently working to find schedule options for Andover High that would take effect beginning next school year, according to the email.

"We anticipate the High School Schedule Committee will complete its work by March 23," the email reads. "Details of the full agreement will then follow on March 26."

The news comes a day after the two sides held a preliminary meeting with a state fact finder who, without the agreement, would have investigated and recommended a contract agreement for the two sides to negotiate.

See next week's edition of the Andover Townsman for more on this story.

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