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Mason teachers, education board reach contract agreement

Supporters hold signs and chant for higher wages for teachers. (FOX19) Supporters hold signs and chant for higher wages for teachers. (FOX19)

School teachers for Mason City Schools and the Board of Education have reached a contract agreement, avoiding a strike.

The Mason Education Association was in negotiations for more than five hours with Mason School Board to get teachers better wages.

Hundreds of people throughout the community rallied Tuesday morning in support of Mason teachers.

Tim Miller is a graduate of Mason and says teachers is what made his education successful.

"I believe the cornerstone of any great education system, and schools is teachers, and I believe that teachers need to be compensated fairly for their work," he said at the rally.

Since April, the Mason Education Association (MEA) has been trying to negotiate a contract with the elected school board.

Two years ago the MEA agreed to a pay freeze to help the district during financially challenging times when many school levies around the area were failing. But now, MEA says they are seeing a "fiscally stable environment."

"We mean business, and we are looking to get this settled. No one wants to keep this going any longer," said MEA President Kenna O'Sullivan prior to the deal.

MEA and the school board reached an agreement Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. In a released statement, both parties said the details of the agreement will not be disclosed until the terms have been approved.

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