Oct 6, 2015 9:31 PM

Vote on Manchester teacher contracts at center of lawsuit against the city


MANCHESTER - A lawsuit has been filed in superior court over a controversial vote to approve contracts for teachers in Manchester last month.

When voting, some members of the Board of Alderman addressed their connections with teachers in the district.

“I hate to go against the rules of the charter,” said Alderman Ron Ludwig, “But I’m going to do it, and I’m going to support you tonight even if I’m called out on it,” Ludwig said.

Ludwig and two of his colleagues have been called out, accused of participating in the vote despite an alleged conflict of interest. Ludwig, along with Barbara Shaw, and Normand Gamache all have family members who teach in the district.

Resident Robert Tarr sent a letter to Mayor Gatsas outlining his complaints and calling for an investigation.

“You said you knew what the charter said, you knew the conflict was there, but you still went against the principle and voted for the teachers’ contract,” Tarr said.

It was on the agenda to be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, but at the request of another resident, Tarr asked his item be tabled until a lawsuit on the matter is heard next week.

The vote approved contracts for teachers who had been without on for more than two years.

Tarr says he disagrees with parts of the contract. When asked if there was a conflict of interest, but the contracts did not pass, “I would still file for the complaint because it’s the principle of the matter,” Tarr said.

The Alderman voted to allocate $15,000 dollars for city legal fees in connection with the lawsuit.


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