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Published October 12, 2009, 10:29 PM

Grand Forks School Board And Teachers Reach Agreement

School has been in session for a month and a half, but Grand Forks teachers have just reached a contract agreement with the school board.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

School has been in session for a month and a half, but Grand Forks teachers have just reached a contract agreement with the school board.

It's the first time in decades that negotiations between teachers and the school board have lasted into the start of the school year.

Now pending ratification from the Grand Forks Education Association, an agreement has been reached.

The primary concern for teachers was the way the schedule was set up.

Striving to reward experience and education they wanted to compress the schedule so teachers would get to the top of the pay schedule quicker.

Now instead of maximizing teachers earnings in 35 years, they will be maximized in 25 years.

Grand Forks Superintendent Larry Nybladh and Business Manager Bill Hutchison are happy with the settlement saying "The settlement is generally in line with the districts trends and also in line with what other districts of our size in the state have offered.

It's a pretty fair settlement for the teachers and for the district so I feel comfortable with it."

Superintendent Nyblahd also said the school board was happy they were able to compensate the teachers without having to look at any local property tax increases.

The settlement gives teachers a 4.4 percent increase in salary and will provide for retropay back to the beginning of the contract which is July 1st.

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