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Harvard teachers settle for one-year contract extension

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HARVARD — The Harvard Teachers Association (HTA) and the School Committee agreed to a one-year contract extension instead of negotiating a new three-year contract.

The agreement includes a 2 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), with the hopes of re-negotiating a longer contract next fall.

“Given the financial uncertainty of the town, both groups thought it was necessary to negotiate just the one-year contract,” HTA President Kathleen Doherty said. “We’re hoping things are better next fall so we can enter negotiations for a three-year contract.”

The School Committee voted 4-0 to approve the one-year contract. Member Keith Cheveralls abstained because his wife is a teacher at the Elementary School. — Gayle Simone