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Hudson teachers to get 6.86 % raise

The teachers in the Hudson School District will get a 6.86 percent increase in wages and benefits for the 2010-11 school year.

The new contract was approved at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting by a vote of 4-2. Board members who voted in favor of the new deal were president Barb Van Loenen, and board members Dan Tjornehoj, Pat German and Lynn Robson. Brian Bell and Mark Kaisersatt voted no. Tom Holland was not at the meeting.

The contract covers the two-year period from 2009-2011 but teachers, like the rest of the district's employees, agreed to a pay freeze for the 2009-10 school year. Teachers did receive experienced-based increases in 2009-10.

The pay raise is being phased in beginning on July 1 with a 1 percent increase per cell on a pay grid. They will get another 3 percent increase per cell beginning on Jan. 1, 2011. The teachers also get increases based on years of teaching experience. The combined package with benefits totals the 6.86 percent.

In a statement at the end of the meeting, President Van Loenen that the contract and the increase fall below the current statewide average of teacher pay increases of 7.6 percent. She also noted that the district kept the existing cap on insurance costs.

The district and the teachers' union are expected issue a joint statement about the contract later this week. More details of the agreement and comments from board members about their votes will appear in the June 17 Star Observer.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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