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|District 205 Board Approves New Contract For Teachers
|Teachers in Galesburg are officially under a new contract after months of uncertainty, as a new collective bargaining agreement was approved by the Galesburg School Board Monday night.
District-205 Superintendent Dr. Gene Denisar says he's very pleased that the process is over after heavy negotiations. He tells WGIL there was no real sticking point during the final day with a federal mediator November 9th.
"It's the nature of negotiations; proposal, counter proposal, with the intention of reaching an agreement," Denisar said. "I can't speculate why things came together on that final day, but they did."
Denisar says there wasn't much else for the board to consider after a tentative deal was reached last Monday. He says it was just a matter of waiting on the GEA's ratification before the board's own approval.
The contract is retroactive to August 19th of this year, and extends three years into the 2013-2014 school year. Both teachers and support staff will receive two-and-a-half percent pay raises each of the three years.
Working conditions, terms of employment, and employee discipline are also areas agreed upon in language by both sides.
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