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Geneva teachers OK contract

Updated: December 19, 2012 11:13AM

GENEVA — The Geneva Education Association Wednesday formally approved a tentative contract with the School District, teachers union President Carol Young said.

“We are thankful to our supporters in the community and are happy to be in our classrooms serving the students of Geneva,” Young wrote in an e-mail.

More than two-thirds of the union membership voted to accept the three-year contract, which the GEA and the School Board began negotiating last February.

Neither side has yet released details of the pact, aside from the fact that teachers agreed to accept a one-year salary freeze except for retiring teachers and teachers who had already started board-approved coursework to earn lane advancements.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting to vote on the contract, probably within the next week, board President Mark Grosso said.

Teachers were poised to strike last Monday, but the action was averted after union and School District negotiators reached a tentative settlement at about 12:30 a.m. that day.

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