Mason teachers agree to deal that prevents levy on ballot for two years

MASON, OH (FOX19) - The Board of Education of the Mason City School District agreed to a deal on Tuesday that will prevent a levy issue from being put on a ballot in Mason for two years.

The board approved an amendment to the current teachers' contract that forgoes any teacher salary increases for two years. According to the school district, the amendment ensures that Mason City Schools will not ask voters for an operating levy in 2011.

The Board voted to accept the contract amendment that will keep teachers' salaries at 2011-2012 levels. The agreement also says teachers will not be eligible for "step" increases or cost-of-living increases in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

"This is a sacrifice the hard-working teachers of Mason City Schools are willing to make," Mason Education Association president Karrie Nelson said in a release. "We all want to do our part to help the district, and ultimately, our students."

In addition to freezing teachers' salaries, the school board will also freeze the district's administrators and non-union classified staff's salaries for two years.

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