The New Albany-Plain Local school board on June 8 voted 4-0 to approve a two-year contract with the Plain Local Education Association, which represents the district's teachers.

The New Albany-Plain Local school board on June 8 voted 4-0 to approve a two-year contract with the Plain Local Education Association, which represents the district's teachers.

Board member Laura Kohler was absent.

The contract includes no increase of teachers' base salaries for the next two years and it freezes the step increases teachers earn based on levels of education and experience for the first year of the contract.

Teachers also agreed to pay 20 percent of their health care costs instead of 15 percent over the next two years. The contract includes a provision that reduces the maximum cap on annual health-care increases from 9 percent to 5 percent.

"This agreement is the result of a great partnership between our teachers, the board and the administration that will make a tremendous impact on the financial future of the district," said Superintendent April Domine. "This is a significant step for our teachers and the shared sacrifice is a testament to our partnership and the focus of everyone on the future of our district."

The district is finalizing the reduction of 53 teachers from the district based on the November rejection of a combined request for an operating levy and permanent-improvements levy.

For more on this story, read the June 18 edition of the ThisWeek New Albany News.