Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center in Billings.

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Schools District 2 Trustees approved a new three-year contract with the local teachers union Monday.

Member of the Billings Education Association voted to ratify the contract on Oct. 17. Negotiators reached a tentative deal on Oct. 5.

Teachers in the Billings Education Association will receive a 1 percent raise this school year and 2 percent raises for the next two years after that in the three-year agreement.

"This provides three years of focus on teaching and learning," SD2 superintendent Terry Bouck said.

Officials had been working on last year’s contract as negotiations lasted through the summer and well into the school year. The two sides reached quick agreements on a handful of side issues, but key points like salary and health insurance dragged out.

After the union initially asked for 5 and 6 percent raises, the district’s first counter offered raises of less than 1 percent. Oct. 5 was the first time the district offer went above 1 percent.

Officials did reach agreement on some components of the deal early on, like extra money for teachers working toward National Board Certification and certification for Dual Enrollment classes.

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Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Billings Gazette.