By Fiona Condon
Providence, RI – Cumberland teachers are making some major wage concessions in order to reverse proposed layoffs.
The Cumberland Teachers Association agreed to open its contract with the district and defer half of its scheduled wage increases.
it will receive the rest of that money over the next 15 years.
In response, the Cumberland School Committee voted to bring back 40 teachers and extend the current pact until 2013, giving teachers additional job stability. Fifty-three teachers had initially been laid off.
The president of the Cumberland School District says it's up to the town and state to make some changes if the quality of the schools is to be preserved. The district was suffering from a deficit of more than $5 million.