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Oswego teachers, board reach tentative contract

Updated: January 26, 2013 6:11AM

OSWEGO — A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the Oswego School District and its teachers union.

The bargaining teams of the Oswego Education Association and School Board reached a tentative agreement on all outstanding contract issues, the district announced Friday.

The new contract, once ratified by union members and the School Board, will run through June 30, 2015.

The teachers’ previous contract expired on July 31. After Geneva teachers OK’d a new contract last month, Oswego teachers were the only ones remaining in the Fox Valley who were working without a contract.

The district did not release any details about the contract Friday afternoon, but previous sticking points have involved work hours at the high school and pay. Teachers have been fighting to maintain a five-class load in the high schools, while School Board proposals have asked teachers to take on up to six or seven periods of instructional time in the eight-period day.

“The challenges of paying competitive wages and benefits must be balanced with the unfortunate economic realities directly affecting School District 308,” said School Board President Bill Walsh in a press release. “I believe both parties appreciate those struggles.

The School Board is set to vote on the contract in January. Representatives of the teachers union and the district are expected to finalize contract details soon and the union members will then vote.

The OEA represents about 1,050 teachers.

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