No raises for teachers in Ludlow

No raises for teachers in Ludlow

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School teachers won't receive salary increases for the 2014-15 school year.

Negotiators with the Ludlow Education Association and the school board agreed to the freeze.

Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said the contract agreement was reached because of the uncertainty of budget limitations due to state funding.

"Our district, as well as most of the districts in Illinois, are concerned about the level of funding we will receive from the state," Lobmaster said.

"We have made budget cuts, and we are concerned about the district's financial condition. We have a high starting salary and small class sizes, so we are able to attract excellent teachers."

Lobmaster said the district hasn't had any problem finding qualified applicants. Ninety applied for one position recently, she said.

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