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posted: 2/27/2013 5:47 PM

New contract for District 50 teachers, support staff

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Teachers and support staff now officially have a new contract at Woodland Elementary District 50 in Gurnee.

District 50 board members approved the deal at a meeting Tuesday night. Members of the Woodland branch of the Lake County Federation of Teachers union ratified the contract in late December.

"The board negotiating team is pleased with the outcome of this contract. We are appreciative of the good, cooperative relationship the board and administration continues to have with the union," board member and lead negotiator, Mark Vondracek said in a statement. "Both sides worked well to consider the views and needs of the other team. A three-year agreement permits us to plan financially and allows Woodland to remain committed to excellence for our staff and students now and in the future."

For the 2012-13 academic year, certified staff will receive a step on the current salary schedule amounting to varying raises. Raises will be given in a similar way in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

Officials said the three-year contract is within the district's budget parameters.

"We are pleased with the board's approval of our new contract as our members believe the overall settlement is a fair one, and we look forward to building upon the relationships that were forged during this most recent bargaining process," said Sharon Anday, president of the union's Woodland branch.

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