Lakota announces tentative contract agreement with teachers, staff

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Lakota Local Schools have announced tentative contract agreements with teachers and support staff.

The 3-year contract includes a pay freeze, a freeze on longevity stop increases and health care concessions. It is expected to save the district $2 million.

"Our bottom line will be drastically improved with the acceptance of both of these tentative agreements," said Jenni Logan, treasurer of the Lakota School Board. "It is truly a turning point for us financially."

Members of the Lakota Educators Association are expected to vote on the contract by the end of this week.

School officials voted to void the second year of the contracts last month and reopen negotiations.

The school board has also been tabling $12 million in cuts during negotiations for the new contract.

FOX19's Tiffany Teasley will have more tonight on the FOX19 Evening News at 6.

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