Teachers in Manchester are starting the school year Wednesday with a new contract.
Aldermen voted 10-3 Tuesday night to pass the three-year deal, overriding a veto by Mayor Ted Gatsas.
Ward 6 alderman Garth Corriveau said passing the deal is an important step forward for the city's school system.
"This would have been the third school year our teachers operated without a contract," he said. "The fairness of this contract - both sides - really I think reflected well on trying to reach a compromise."
Aldermen approved the deal last month, but Gatsas rejected it, saying it would lead to deficits of more than $700,000 in each of the next two fiscal years.