MARSHFIELD, Vt. — Teachers and the Washington Northeast Supervisory Union will begin mediation following stalled contract negotiations.

The Times Argus reports Washington Northeast Supervisory Union and teachers represented by the Vermont-National Education Association have disagreed on health care and salaries for the next two years. Twinfield Union School and Cabot School are managed by the supervisory union. Teachers and staff have been working under contracts that expired in June.

School officials say Act 85, a state law, has kept the parties from moving forward. The measure has reduced payments to districts across the state to lower education costs.

Superintendent Mark Tucker said in an email that mediation will likely start next month. If mediation isn’t successful, the groups will head to arbitration.


Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/