The School Committee bargained with all six units of The Northampton Association of School Employees (NASE) simultaneously. We did this in good faith, which limited what we could say publicly. Although we did not always agree, we have tried to respect both the process and the union. Our goal for this 3-year contract is to move the wages of our employees above the Hampshire County average, and we will strive to ensure our employees are among the best paid in the area. The School Committee has filed a joint request with NASE for mediation to help us work out the remaining differences and is optimistic that we will reach an agreement. In the meantime, we feel it is important to provide the community a summary of the School Committee’s current offer.