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School District 833 and employee unions agree on new contracts

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Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Local public school teachers will receive modest pay increases over the next two years under a new contract with South Washington County Schools.

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The District 833 School Board on Nov. 21 approved the new agreement with the United Teachers of South Washington County. The union represents about 1,250 full-time equivalent teaching positions. The contract allows for a 0.3 percent pay increase in the first year and a 0.35 percent pay hike in the second year, in addition to step and lane increases in each year of the agreement.

The School Board approved the teachers’ contract 4-0. Board member Jim Gelbmann did not vote to avoid a conflict of interest; his wife is a District 833 teacher. Board members David Kemper and Laurie Johnson were absent. Teachers approved the agreement prior to the board vote.

The board also approved new two-year contracts with the union representing Kids Club supervisors and with the Professional Association of Confidential Employees.

All three contracts end June 30, 2015.

The board earlier this fall approved a new contract with the union representing District 833 bus drivers.

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