BEA Statement on Paraeducator Negotiations

On behalf of Burlington’s teachers and paraeducators, I extend great thanks to the voters of Burlington who have again shown their support of our city’s schools by approving the district’s budget. The staff of Burlington’s schools are acutely aware that we must stay focused and persistent at providing your children with quality education. We will apply our professional abilities and talents to do just that; we will work with each student to make sure she/he has needs met and is properly challenged so that each student graduates prepared to meet the challenges of the world beyond school.

Now I want to introduce Mark Van Buren who will again address you on the yet unsettled paraeducators’ contract. Again, these people are asked to work with our district’s most vulnerable students, many of whom need one-on-one assistance. Paraeducators are crucial members of the education teams that work to provide each student with proper service. The work paraeducators perform requires them to be trained and loyal to the District. The compensation package — salary and healthcare coverage — must be be attractive and competitive if we are to retain and attract excellent people.

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