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Agreement is retroactive to July 1, includes 2 percent salary increase and $100 increase to insurance

After more than eight months of negotiation, the North Marion School District and the United North Marion Educators union came to a tentative contract agreement for the 2018-19 school year.

The two sides agreed to a one-year contract at a Dec. 17 mediation meeting, which includes a 2 percent salary increase and an additional $100 month increase toward the district's insurance contribution.

The two sides had all but concluded negotiations on the contract months ago, but disagreements on the size of the teachers' salary increase and how much the school district would contribute toward health insurance forced contract negotiations to go into mediation.

Heading into the Dec. 17 meeting, the teachers' union had asked for a 2.375 percent raise, down from its original proposal of 4 percent, while the school district had come up for a 0.5 percent raise to 2 percent.

The contract is retroactive to July 1, with the exception of hourly work that licensed employees are paid for such as curriculum, supervision, and tutoring.

The two parties could not come to an agreement on future years of the contract and will resume negotiations for the 2019-20 contract on April 15, 2019.

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