NORWAY – The SAD 17 Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to approve new contracts with head custodians and educational support personnel.

Negotiations are continuing with the Oxford Hills Education Association, which represents 300 teachers in the district. Assistant Superintendent Mark LaRoach said Tuesday that he hopes negotiations will be completed before Christmas.

“There certainly hasn’t been any animosity; this is just sometimes a slow process,” he said.

The new three-year contracts with head custodians and educational support personnel run from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2008.

Both contracts include a 3 percent wage increase in the first year, a 3.3 percent increase in the second year, and a 3.3 percent increase in the third year.

LaRoach said neither contract includes any increases in employee health care plan contributions. “Some districts in the state and nationally have asked for increases in employee contributions; this district has not,” he said.

The contract for educational support personnel covers about 150 people and includes maintenance workers, food service workers, bus drivers, mechanics at the bus garage and some educational technicians.

The contract for head custodians covers nine individuals.

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