A tentative contract has been reached between the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education and Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association.

A tentative contract has been reached between the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education and Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association.

The deal calls for a two-year salary freeze and a step-increase freeze for at least one year, as well as increases in co-pays for health insurance.

The school board and association announced the tentative agreement after a special meeting March 25.

A step freeze will be implemented for the first year of the contact if Issue 6, the district's 5.2-mill operating levy, passes on May 3. However, if Issue 6 fails, the district will face an additional $7-million in cuts before the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, and the contract would end after only one year.

The GJEA, which represents 529 teachers in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District, is working under a one-year contract that froze salaries for the 2010-11 school year.

The school board is expected to formally approve the proposed contract during its April 14 regular meeting.

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