ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud Area School District has reached a new tentative two-year contract agreement.

Since the district's current teacher contact expired in June, they have been working with the St. Cloud Education Association to develop a new two-year agreement.

The new contract is divided into each school year, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

For the 2017-2018 school year the new contract includes step increases for teachers and coaches and no percentage increase on the regular or extracurricular salaries. However, teachers that have worked for 20 years or more in the district would see a $500 per year salary increase.

For the coming school year the district also plans to front more of teachers family's health insurance bill by changing the district's contribution from $978 to $1007, an increase of $29.

Some changes to the 2018-2019 school years are also in the works, step increases for teachers and coaches, a one percent increase on regular and extracurricular salary schedule, and no changes to the district's insurance contributions.

Also for both school years the contract calls for three duty days to be taken off the calendar.

Teachers will be able to vote on the new agreement at their school sites on September 11. If approved, the school board will vote on the agreement at their next meeting, at Apollo High School, September 13, 6:30 p.m.

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