A tentative contractual agreement between the Plain Local Education Association and the New Albany-Plain Local School District was reached Feb. 19 -- four days before the school board officially voted on teacher raises for the next three school years.

A tentative contractual agreement between the Plain Local Education Association and the New Albany-Plain Local School District was reached Feb. 19 -- four days before the school board officially voted on teacher raises for the next three school years.

PLEA members voted the next evening, Feb. 24.

"Under state law, it doesn't matter whether the union votes first or the board of education," said Phoebe Glenn, PLEA president.

The master contract details a specific timeline for union members to vote first, followed by the board.

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