A new contract would give Dist. 301 teachers an increase of 10.7% in the first year

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Burlington Central Unit School District 301 administrators reached an agreement with the Central Education Association on a new three-year contract ahead of the new school year.

Pending board approval, the agreement would take effect immediately and run through the 2024-25 school year. It would provide an average base salary increase of 10.7% in the first year of the agreement.

“CAOT is pleased to announce that our members have ratified this new teacher contract,” Central Education Association President David Chapman said in a press release. “We believe this contract will help attract and retain educators while continuing to provide an excellent education for our students.”

The second and third years would include annual increases of 4.6%. The deal would also create allocations for future programs, paving the way for new sports and activities such as lacrosse, bowling, robotics and bass fishing.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer sports and activities that we have not been able to offer in the past at Central,” Superintendent Todd Stirn said in the press release. “However, it also shows the unprecedented growth we are experiencing and the need to meet the needs of our stakeholders.”

Once the agreement has been approved by the school board, it will be available online at Central301.net.

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