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updated: 11/14/2012 5:42 PM

Geneva teachers ratify contract

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The Geneva Education Association members ratified a new three-year contract Wednesday afternoon.

While union President Carol Young would not say how many voted in favor, she said the tally exceeded the two-thirds majority required to pass. There are 388 union members. The contract would cover 422 teachers, librarians, social workers and psychologists.

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"We are thankful to our supporters in the community and are happy to be in our classrooms serving the students of Geneva," Young said in a prepared statement.

"I'm very pleased," added school board President Mark Grosso.

The school board has yet to schedule a vote on the contract, but it likely will not happen until next week, Grosso said, because several board members are attending a school board association conference Friday through Sunday.

Details of the contract's terms won't be released until after that vote.

Contract negotiations started in February; an impasse was declared in October, and the union later announced it intended to strike starting Nov. 12. The tentative agreement was reached around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

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