CATLIN — School officials approved a one-year deal with the teachers' union this week, set salaries for all district employees and approved a tax levy for the upcoming year.
The vote by the Catlin school board ended a prolonged and sometimes tense negotiation that involved multiple meetings, the involvement of a federal mediator and the filing of an intent-to-strike vote by the union members. The contract with the 44 members of the Catlin Faculty Organization expired on June 30.
Superintendent Gary Lewis said that under the terms of the new agreement, an additional $44,000 would be distributed among the 44 teachers, and that many of the teachers will see a 2.4 percent salary increase with the additional money.
In related business, the board extended 2.4 percent salary increases to the 30-some non-union employees. Board members also voted to not increase the salaries of Lewis and Catlin High School Principal Kevin Thomas.
The board also approved a new local property tax levy which is expected to generate an additional $74,000. The current property tax levy for the district is about $2.05 million.