Bismarck-Henning contract near

BISMARCK — Bismarck-Henning school district staff could be working under a new contract soon.

The education association, which represents between 120 to 130 certified and non-certified employees, ratified a three-year deal late last week, according to Superintendent Scott Watson.

The school board will vote on the proposal at its July 14 meeting.

The current contract expired on Monday. If approved, the new one would be retroactive to Tuesday and run through June 30, 2017.

Under the contract, Watson said, the 75 or so teachers would get a 2.75-percent increase the first year, putting the base pay at $29,485; a 3-percent increase the second year, bringing the base pay to $29,559; and a 3.25-percent increase the third year, bring the base pay to $31,037.

Also under the first year of the contract, teachers aides, personal aides, computer aides and transportation aides would get a 65-cent raise, while secretaries, clerks, bus drivers and custodians would get a 30-cent raise, Watson said. He said all of those employees would receive a 35-cent raise in both the second and third year.

Watson said aside from a few language changes, there are no other proposed changes.

Watson said school officials and the education association launched negotiations in late April. He added the two sides met five times before reaching a tentative agreement.

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