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Teachers get raise, better dental coverage

August 04, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved an addendum to its contract with the Washington County Teachers Association.

Under the addendum, the union members receive improved dental coverage and an average pay raise of 3 percent.

The association, which represents 1,500 employees, ratified the addendum after a vote by its members, Association President Claude Sasse has said. He praised the addendum during Tuesday's meeting.

The amended contract is effective from July 1, 2004, to July 1, 2005.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, Board President Edward Forrest and union officials signed the document during Tuesday's meeting.

Morgan has said the pay raise is an average of 3 percent, with some employees getting more and others getting less.

The contract changes come in the second year of a three-year plan to increase the pay of teachers with different experience levels, Morgan has said. Last year the school board voted to increase the starting salary of teachers to $35,000, an increase of $2,635 over that of the previous year.

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The focus this year was on increasing the pay of mid-level teachers, who received more than the 3 percent average, Morgan said.

Next year, the plan is to increase the pay level of teachers with more than 25 years of experience in the school system, she has said.

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