Updated: Champaign board approves teacher contract

CHAMPAIGN -  The Champaign school board Monday unanimously approved a new three-year contract with its teachers that allows for a 3 percent raise the first year for teachers still on the salary schedule, and smaller raises in the following two years.

School board President Laurie Bonnett said she was happy the two parties agreed on a contract, and she’s especially glad to have agreed on a three-year contract.

“I’m just so glad to be here right now,” Bonnett said before the board voted at a special meeting Monday.

Champaign Federation of Teachers President Cathy Mannen said she is “thrilled” that both the union she leads and the school board have approved the contract.

The new contract calls for teachers still on the salary schedule to earn a step increase plus a 3 percent raise the first year of the contract, step increase plus a 2.25 percent pay raise the second year and step increase plus a 2 percent pay increase in the third year of the contract.

Pay increases for this year will be paid retroactively to July 1. The teachers’ previous contract expired June 30.

Teachers who are considered to be off the salary schedule will earn a 3 percent increase each year of the contract.

A salary schedule defines pay increases teachers earn for the number of years they’ve worked and how much education they have.

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