The South-Western City School District board approved a new three-year teachers contract Aug. 22.

The South-Western City School District board approved a new three-year teachers contract Aug. 22.

The contract gives teachers a 2.25 increase in their base salary for each of the three years of the contract.

The agreement with the South-Western Education Association applies to more than 1,500 certificated staff members including teachers, school counselors, nurses, psychologists and tutors.

SWEA members voted earlier this month to accept the contract.

The previous contract ended June 30, 2016. The new agreement takes effect immediately and will expire June 30, 2019.

Under the salary schedule effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, a new teacher with a bachelor's degree will receive an annual salary of $39,648.

A teacher with 10 years experience and a bachelor's degree will earn $61,057 annually. The highest-earning teacher, with 24 years of experience, a master's degree and additional education, will make $89,842.

The new contract reduces the board's contribution for single-person insurance coverage from 90 percent to 87.5 percent and increases the board's contribution for family insurance coverage from 65 to 68 percent.

In addition, four early release days will be eliminated from the calendar beginning the next school year. They will be consolidated into a single full day focusing on professional development and classroom planning.

In other business Aug. 22, the board appointed Robert Ragland to replace Randy Reisling, who resigned Aug. 5.

Ragland is a financial-accounting technician for the Department of Defense. He has served as a volunteer in the school district and his son, also named Robert, is assistant band director at Franklin Heights High School and a 2007 graduate of Franklin Heights.

The elder Ragland also has served on the district's Community Advisory Group.

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