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District #207 school board members approve new contract

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Collective bargaining can be a long and difficult process, but for Hononegah District #207 educators and administrators, the result is financial stability for the next three years.

Six month negotiations end with District 207 board members' approval. The Hononegah Education Association and the School Board drafted the contract last week, the same contract ratified tonight.

"We stayed at the table until we got to the point where we were all in agreement." -says District #207 Superintendent Lynn Gibson.

Teachers will see a two percentage point increase in their base salaries, each year, for the next three years. There will be an increase in healthcare premiums, deductibles, and co-pays, and for the first time, teachers with individual coverage will pay a premium. Board President Dave Kurlinkus says this deal came with a lot of give and take.

"It's always a sign that it's good negotiations when neither party is entirely happy with how you come out. That's what negotiations are all about." -says Kurlinkus.

Another good sign for teachers, students, and parents, there's no threat of a strike, and no delays in the fall.

"We can start school on time, we can start school with a settled contract, and people can feel a sense of peace for the next three years on these issues." -adds Gibson.

Other small changes include increasing the amount the district pays as far as dental premiums go, and an increase in the term life the district provides for its employees.

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