Dublin school board members unanimously approved a three-year contract with the district's teachers union Monday.

Dublin school board members unanimously approved a three-year contract with the district's teachers union Monday.

The Dublin Educators Association, which represents about 1,200 educators, ratified a three-year contract that includes a 1 percent salary increase in the first year, 1.25 percent in the second year and 1.5 percent in the final year.

The previous contract with the teachers union lasted for two years and included 3 percent raises in both years.

"I would like to thank the teachers union and its leadership, and our administrative team for negotiating this contract, which takes us through our current levy cycle," Lynn May, school board president, said in a news release from the district. "We will keep our commitment to the community to operate the district through June 2013 without any additional dollars from taxpayers."

Teachers also will receive step increases in salary, which district treasurer Stephen Osborne said increase for every year of experience up to 18 years.

Step increases also increase when teachers get additional education, he said.

Step increases begin at 1 percent in the first year with a bachelor's degree and can be as much as 2.29 percent with 18 years of experience and a master's degree plus 45 hours of additional education.

The recently approved contract also will keep the district's "high-deductible health insurance plan" in place, the district said.

Single employees pay 10 percent toward their health insurance and the district contributes 90 percent. If an additional person or family is added to the insurance plan, the employee pays 15 percent and the district pays 85 percent.

Superintendent David Axner congratulated both sides "for reaching an agreement that acknowledges current economic times."

Negotiations continue with the Dublin Support Association, which represents non-certified district employees.