Week of October 4, 2021

Message from the President

Last week, members of Unit B - Para-Educators ratified their new 2-year contract. That same evening, the Board of Education approved the contract with a vote of 9-0. The Board of Aldermen held the first reading, per their rules, on September 28th. The BOA Budget Review Committee will review the contract on October 6th with the hopes of the Board of Aldermen approving the contract on October 12th.

It has been a long two years of negotiations and obstacles to overcome. The largest one was COVID. We had some momentum, and then everything shut down. When we finally got back, the contract had been expired for almost 6 months, and we still weren't close to a tentative agreement. As we moved forward, and were closing in, our team suffered a terrible loss. Our Chief Negotiator, and my good friend, Doug Ley, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness. Ironically, Doug passed the morning of June 11th, the day we agreed to the tentative agreement. Do I think Doug had something to do with it, yes, I do.

As we finally conclude this process, I want to stop and thank the members of the Para-Educator Negotiating Team. The team includes Pat Walsh from Pennichuck, Deb Adasczik from Mt. Pleasant, Bobbie Desjardins from New Searles, and Sandi Peterson from Fairgrounds Elementary. These were part of 17 negotiations sessions and several internal and planning meetings, in addition to the numerous emails and correspondence. The process started June 19, 2019 and they are have worked tirelessly for the membership since that day. On behalf of the membership, I would like to express my sincerest thanks and gratitude to the Para-Educator Negotiating Team for their dedication to their colleagues. I would also like to take a moment and recognize and thank Terri Donovan, Director of Field Services and Collective Bargaining at AFT-NH. Terri help us finish the contract.

With this contract, expected to be approved, expiring on June 30, 2022, the team and I will be right back to the table to work on a successor agreement in early 2022.

Know Your Contract

Under the New Hampshire state law, any person over the age of 18 is a mandated reporter. The Nashua School District has two policies related to mandated reporting in accordance with the New Hampshire RSAs. Right now, most of you are in remote learning. Anything that you hear or see on Zoom or Google Classroom could require you to make a remote. Think about it this way, if you were at school and saw or heard it, would you have reported it? If the answer is yes, then you should report the incident. If the answer is I don't know, you should seek assistance in deciding if you should report it. If you are truly unsure of what to do, you can contact the DCYF Intake line and let them decide if it's reportable. Your administration and school counselors are excellent resources.

For a link to the NH Mandated Reporting RSA, Board of Education Policy and the School District reporting form, please click here.

Divisive Concepts Town Hall

Save the Date!

Thursday, October 14th at 4:30pm

AFT-NH will be hosting a virtual Town Hall on the Divisive Concepts Law. We will have national as well as state experts on where the controversy came from, what the law and guidance say and what your rights and responsibilities are as an educator. There will be a chance to ask questions as well as share what you are seeing in your schools.

Registration Information

Advance registration is required by October 14th at 12:00pm for this webinar:

Coming Soon...


Click here for the latest from NTU COPE

Next COPE Meeting: To Be Scheduled

Have an idea for the Just for Fun section? Send it to Adam (president@nashuatu.org).

One Must Go!

Goodbye Pumpkin Spice! I guess I'm not surprised, it is kind of over the top. But eliminating football was the second highest vote getter...it's a sad day! :-)

Pumpkin Spice: 47%

Football: 31.7%

Halloween 15.9%

Fall Leaves: 4.9%

Thanksgiving: 0.6%

Just for Fun

If you've seen me in person, you know I enjoy eating. And I definitely have my favorites. I could probably eat bacon and eggs every day, or pasta. Is there a food that you can say is your favorite and you would eat every day?

For the NTU calendar, click here

For the BOE calendar, click here

For the BOE agendas and minutes, click here

Upcoming Events

  • October 5th

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, Central Office

      • Executive Board Meeting, 4:00pm, via Zoom

  • October 6th

      • Para Contract at the BOA Budget Review Committee, 7:00pm, City Hall

  • October 11th

      • No School; Columbus Day

  • October 12th

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, Central Office

      • Board of Directors, 4:15pm, via Zoom

      • BOE Human Resources Committee, 5:30pm, Nashua High School North (agenda)

      • Board of Education, 6:00pm, Nashua High School North (agenda)

      • Para TA at the Board of Aldermen, 7:30pm, City Hall

  • October 14th

      • AFT-NH Divisive Concepts Town Hall, 4:30pm, via Zoom

      • BOE Finance and Operations Committee, 6:00pm, Nashua High School North

  • October 18th

      • Internal Food Service Negotiations, 2:00pm, via Zoom

      • BOE Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, 6:00pm, Nashua High School North

  • October 19th

      • Executive Board/Superintendent Meeting, 4:00pm, Central Office

      • BOE Policy Committee, 6:00pm, Nashua High School North

  • October 20th

      • Early Release

  • October 21st

      • Food Service Negotiations, 2:00pm, via Zoom

  • October 25th

      • BOE Human Resources Committee, 5:30pm, Nashua High School North (agenda)

      • Board of Education, 6:00pm, Nashua High School North (agenda)

  • October 26th

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, Central Office

Questions? Comments? Need Assistance? Contact a member of the Executive Board

Trying to email Adam? Make sure to use president@nashuatu.org