Gateway School Board approves teacher contract offer
The Gateway School Board approved a teachers contract offer Wednesday after more than eight months of negotiations.
The school board voted 8-1 in favor of the three-year contract offer, which school director Chad Stubenbort said would increase teacher salaries by an average of $2,311 per year and make teachers responsible for 10 percent of their annual health care costs. The previous contract, which expired in August, capped health care expenses at $65 per month.
Stubenbort was the only district official who would discuss the contract, which administrators said would not be made public until teachers ratify it. Teachers are expected to vote on the offer at a meeting on Thursday. Teachers' union president Mike Krestar declined to comment until the vote.
Stubenbort said he voted against the contract in part because salary increases would cost the district $2.8 million by 2017. Teachers worked this school year without a contract while negotiations continued. Once approved, the contract would be retroactive to last fall.
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