Mason City School District approves agreement with teachers

MASON, Ohio -- After a summer of going back and forth, the Mason City School District reached an agreement with its teachers Tuesday evening.

The Mason Education Association (MEA) represents 644 teachers, and along with the Mason City Schools Board of Education, announced a new contract that will give 2014-2015 teachers a 2 percent schedule base pay raise, according to Mason City Schools spokeswoman Tracey Carson.

Along with the new salary incentive, teachers will receive an $800 deposit into their Health Savings Accounts. They'll pay $50 for a single health insurance premium, and $88 for a family plan under the new agreement.

The new pay rate and health insurance premiums now include administrators and non-union classified employees, including aides, bus drivers, clerical and technical staff.

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“We appreciate all of our staff’s hard work in continuing to deliver outstanding academic results," Board president Kevin Wise said. "We benchmarked our compensation with other high-performing school districts and recognized that we’re at a point where employees deserve a raise, but also need to pay more towards their health care."

An additional agreement on negotiations with Mason's custodial staff is expected to be reached in August, Carson said.


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