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The overflow crowd of Mahomet-Seymour school district employees and supporters waits in the hall during Monday night’s school board meeting.

MAHOMET — A tentative agreement was reached late Tuesday night between the Mahomet-Seymour Education Association and the school board.

The contract now goes before union members and the school board for separate ratification votes.

Union spokesman Cam Zindars, in a prepared statement, said the tentative agreement “truly puts Mahomet-Seymour students first.”

“We are so grateful to all the parents, community members and students who have supported us during this process,” Zindars said. “The next step is to bring this agreement to our membership for a vote.”

School board President Max McComb said the agreement with the union “is the result of months of hard work and compromise by both parties.”

“We believe the agreement is fair to everyone involved,” he said. “We continue to have tremendous respect and appreciation for all our teachers and district staff, and we look forward to moving ahead together.”

The meeting lasted a little more than six hours.

McComb said details of the tentative agreement will be released after both sides vote. MSEA will vote Sept. 28, and the school board after that.

“We are checking with the board on when we can get together,” he said. “We have a scheduled meeting Monday, Oct. 3. If we can’t the 29th or 30th, we may just do it at the 10/3 meeting.”

Tuesday’s negotiating session was the 15th overall and the eighth with a federal mediator.

Our County Editor

Dave Hinton is editor of The News-Gazette's Our County section and former editor of the Rantoul Press. He can be reached at dhinton@news-gazette.com.

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