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Rochelle teacher's contract ratified

The Rochelle Elementary board approved a new 4-year contract with the teacher's association last night. The union had ratified the deal last Friday after negotiations started in May.

Under the agreement, the base salary will remain the same in the 1st year at $30,833. It will go up a half percent the 2nd year, 3/4 percent the 3rd year, and 1 percent the final year of the contract.

The remaining teachers in the district will see pay increases on their step schedule which averages about
2 1/2 percent each year.

The teachers were working on a 2-year contract that expired on July 31st.

The board also approved pay increases for administrators in the district which range between point 5 percent and 5 percent. Most of the non-certified employees will also see their salary rise by 40 cents an hour.

Results from the district's school report card will be on the website in the near future. It indicates 58 percent of families in the district fall under the low income level.

The board got an undate report on the construction of Lincoln School. Superintendent Todd Prusator said that the project remains on schedule as the school will be open next fall.

Ken Esgar, Diane Kenney, and Pat Casey were re-appointed to the David Crawford Foundation Board. School officials were also not in favor of a 1 percent county sales tax increase that would go to schools for capital needs.

The issue would have to be approved by voters in the county if it was placed on the ballot next spring.

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