Columbus teachers get 2.5 percent raises in 1-year contract

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The Columbus City Schools Board of Education voted to approve an agreement with the Columbus Education Association at their March 4 board meeting.

This revised contract will give Columbus teachers a salary increase of 2.5 percent.  The total dollar amount the salary increase will be for the district is $6,250,000.

The agreement will extend the contract with teachers from August 25, 2008 to August 30, 2009.

Sally Oldham, vice president of CEA said the teachers are pleased with the new contract.

"They had a three-year contract before and most of the provisions remain the same. The only provision that went up was salaries."

Normally the contracts are for three years but this time the contract is only one year.

Dr. Terry Boyd, board president, said the reason for the change is financial.

"If you are aware of our five-year projection, our budget only takes it so far. The superintendent, the treasurer and myself have to certify whenever we have a contract that the money is available and we can’t certify further than a year and half," said Boyd.

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