Edwardsville Teachers Approve New Contract

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) - Edwardsville teachers headed to class Tuesday morning after the school board approved a 2-year agreement between the teachers` union and the school district.
The union voted for the district`s proposal last week.  That agreement became official, once the school board voted unanimously to put it into action.  Superintendent Ed Hightower sent an email to parents Monday night spelling out the contract`s details.
•    Teachers will face a pay freeze for the 2012-2013 school year.
•    They will get a 2% pay raise for the 2013-2014 school year.
•    The school board will cap its contributions to the teachers` pensions at 9.4%.
•    The middle school will lose one of its two teacher preparation periods.
Class sizes almost sent teachers to the picket lines. But, they agreed to accept increases on all grade levels.
•    Kindergarten: from 23 to 26
•    1st-3rd grades: from 24 to 27
•    4th & 5th grades: from 28 to 30
•    Middle school: up to 32 students
•    High school: up to 34
However, certified teachers were able to keep their health insurance premiums paid entirely by the school district.
In that email to parents, Hightower pointed out that Edwardsville has more students than any other district in Madison and St. Clair Counties while it faced the same budget crises as smaller districts.  

Check out parents' reaction on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/212350885560836/

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