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Highland teachers extend contract, accept concessions

By John Published: April 19, 2011

Beacon Journal staff

Highland teachers have agreed to a one-year extension on their contract extending it to June 30, 2013.

The only change to the contract calls for an increase in the amount of money that the teachers will pay for their health care.

Teachers' health care contributions will be 15 percent, up from 5 percent, in the 2011-12 school year, and 20 percent in the 2012-13 school year. Total savings to the district will be $1 million over the next two years.

District officials say the concessions by the teachers will not make up for the proposed loss in revenue from the state, which is expected to be $3,201,022 over the next two years.

School Board President Dan Petek said the teachers ''put their money where their heart is.''

Superintendent Catherine Aukerman said the teachers were demonstrating their willingness to share the sacrifice.

In other business, the school board has agreed to accept a bid from Premier Roof Systems, Inc. of Wadsworth for $194,790 to replace a portion of the middle school roof. The section to be replaced covers the 1977 addition to the school.

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