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New contract approved for Canton teachers

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CANTON - Teachers at Canton Central School District will contribute to their health insurance premiums for the first time under a new contract agreement reached with the district.

The new four-year pact also calls for salary increases of 3.5 percent in the first year, followed by 3 percent each of the remaining three years.

School Superintendent William A. Gregory said the health insurance contributions are expected to save the district nearly $300,000 over the four-year period.

“In light of both the projected savings that would not have been realized without this agreement and the ever-increasing demands and expectations placed upon our professional staff, we believe this settlement to be both fair and fiscally responsible to all concerned,” Mr. Gregory said in an email.

The contract requires members of the Canton Central Teachers Association to contribute 3 percent of their premiums this school year, 5 percent next school year, 7.5 percent for 2014-15 and 10 percent for 2015-16.

Members of the union who retire after June 30, 2014 will pay a fixed dollar amount toward health insurance that’s equal to their contribution level at the time of their retirement.

Salary increases are 3.5 percent for this year, and 3 percent each year through the 2015-16 school year.

The school board approved the new contract during a special meeting Wednesday evening. It replaces a former contract that expired in June.

The CCTA represents teachers, teacher, teachers assistants, teacher aides, librarians, guidance counselors and school nurses.

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