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Teacher contract approved at ACGC

GROVE CITY - A two-year teachers contract was unanimously approved Monday by the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board, bringing an end to negotiations that began in August.

During voting Thursday, Friday and Monday, certified teaching staff ratified the contract on a 54-9 vote.

The contract includes a 0.8 percent salary increase the first year and a 1.2 percent salary increase the second year, which is slightly higher than a contract that was rejected by teachers earlier in the school year.

With benefits, the total package represents a 4.725 percent increase over two years.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Keith Redfield said most area schools approved two-year contracts that had a total package increase of about 6 percent.

ACGC Chairwoman Judy Raske said the teachers would've liked a larger salary increase and the school board would've liked a smaller one, but said she's glad a compromise was reached that the district can afford.

Mike McNab, lead union negotiator, said the contract provides a little more money for more teachers, especially the district's most senior staff who no longer qualify for increases in steps and lane changes.

The contract also includes a one-time $15,000 incentive for early retirement.

The district missed the Jan. 15 state deadline for approving a contract, resulting in a $25,000 penalty.

For more details on this story, see Wednesday's West Central Tribune.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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