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Today in history: Dec. 17

December 17, 2018

50 years agoFiscal board denies cafeteria funds, hits high salary costsThe high salaries of the school cafeteria workers may mean the cafeteria program is priced out of business, Board of Education and Board of Finance members agreed.What they failed to agree on were ways to eliminate the deficit of some $94,457.The Board of Finance meeting last night in City Hall denied a school board request for funds to make up the deficit along with another school board request for $1,800 for a new fence at Belltown School. Requests considered by the fiscal board last night for other departments were approved.25 years agoConstruction, at last, begins at Roxbury ElementaryThere is a huge hole right behind Roxbury Elementary School, and Principal Pauline Rauh has waited 13 years to see it.“I’m really gratified that the work has started,” Rauh said.When the work is completed in another two years or so, Roxbury and Newfield elementary schools will have new media centers, additional classrooms, and the 39-year-old buildings will now be renovated.For now, though, the fact that ground has been broken on these projects is itself a significant step. Just getting to that point was a long time coming.15 years agoArbitrators settle teachers’ contract disputePublic school teachers would receive annual salary increases of 2 percent to 3 percent under a three-year contract award issued by arbitrators.The Board of Education and the teachers union, the Stamford Education Association, went to binding arbitration last month after they failed to reach an agreement during three months of negotiations. The Board of Representatives must approve the contract, which calls for teachers to pay a greater portion of health-insurance costs.A vote is expected next month but the contract will be approved automatically if the Board of Representatives takes no action. The school board and the union’s membership, which exceeds 1,300, will not vote on the package.erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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