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SH teachers ratify contract, 110-12

Members of the South Harrison Education Association have voted to ratify a recent contract proposal, apparently ending a two-year dispute and allowing teachers to begin the upcoming academic year with a contract.
The SHEA endorsed the terms by an overwhelming margin of 110-12, Supt. Neyland Clark said.
South Harrison Community School Corp. School Board of Trustees President Mike McGraw and Dr. Clark have placed the item on the agenda for the June 7 meeting of the board.
‘We have no reason to believe the board will not ratify the contract as it is written,’ Clark said.
The 2003-2004 school year will include a salary increase of 1.5 percent with an additional $100 for each person with a bachelor’s degree and $300 for each with a master’s degree.
The 2004-2005 school year will include a 2.1 percent salary increase, the state average.
The 2005-2006 school year will include a raise equivalent to 50 percent of any new revenue received from the state. This item is the only contract item not consistent with fact-finder Janet Land’s recommendations.
The school corporation will pay $370,000 to offset increased insurance premiums for 2003-2005. That money will be divided among teachers and distributed through rebate checks.