Kenai Peninsula teachers ratify contract

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2003

KENAI (AP) -- Teachers and support employees in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have ratified new contracts.

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association accepted the agreements this week.

KPEA president Hans Bilben said ninety-seven percent of the KPEA members voted in favor of the contract for that association, and 94 percent of the KPESA votes were in favor.

The contracts now go to the school board for approval.

The agreements provide a 2 percent salary increase each year for both associations and eliminate the bottom level of the salary schedules for each group in the second year, meaning beginning wages will increase.

The district also agreed to increase health insurance payments and cut employee contributions to $75 per month from $100. If health care costs exceed the combined district and employee contributions, the district and employees will split the remaining costs.

The two groups have been working without contracts since July 1.

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