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Unit 3 board accepts HEA contract

Posted on 3/28/2017, 5:00 AM

HARRISBURG -- The Harrisburg Unit 3 School District voted 5-1 to approve a labor contract with the Harrisburg Education Association Monday evening, Superintendent Mike Gauch said.

One board member, Jeffrey Drake, abstained. Drake's wife is a teacher.

The contract, a 2-year agreement, is retroactive to July 1, 2016, when the previous contract with the union expired.

In addition to replacing a so-called "lost step" raise, teachers also fought to retain a benefit of borrowing sick leave from a future school year and inclusion on a health insurance committee for district employees.

As an incentive for teachers to approve the contract, the board agreed it would not issue reduction-in-force notices. The board originally anticipated laying off two teachers at the end of the school year.

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