UPDATE: Lakota teachers have new deal

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -

UPDATE:

The Lakota School Board approved a deal with teachers at their meeting on Monday night.

The board voted unanimously in favor of the deal, which will give teachers a two percent raise and continue to pay 10 percent of their health care benefits.

UPDATE:

Teachers from all over the district showed up at the Lakota campus on Tuesday to vote on a new contract.

Overall, 97 percent of them voted yes.

Union officials say members seemed to appreciate the terms of the new offer.

"We've concentrated on the areas in which they told us they wanted to see some changes, so I think that they've saw that were were able to move in that direction," said Judy Buschel with the Lakota Education Association.

The school board will vote on the new contract next week.

PREVIOUSLY:

It's decision day for teachers in the Lakota School District.

A vote will happen Tuesday on a new contract. The ratification vote happens from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The 1,200 union members will have to say yes or no to a new contract.

It took a while to work out this deal. The existing contract expired on Aug. 31 and it took three meetings with a federal mediator before both sides came to an agreement at 12:30 in the morning a few weeks ago.

The tentative agreement between the Lakota Teacher's Union and the district includes a 2 percent across the board raise and a 1 to 2 percent increase on the cost of healthcare benefits, according to the Middletown Journal.

Many teachers tell FOX19 they're happy with the deal and will support it, though some don't expect it to be an overwhelming yes.

If the teachers pass it,  the school board will also have to approve it, which will happen on Nov. 17.