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The Beatrice Board of Education unanimously approved the 2019-20 teacher contract, which includes a 3.29 percent compensation increase.

Jason Alexander, BPS superintendent, explained the aspects of the increase.

“The increase includes the Blue Cross and Blue Shield deductible increase from $900 to $1,050," Alexander said. "There is an increase in personal leave time for staff from four 30, 60, 90 or 120 [minute] segments, being reduced to just 60 minute segments eight times throughout the course of the year. The base increase is $500."

While coming up with increase, board members Janet Byars, Doris Martin and Jon Zimmerman researched and compared area school settlements for the 2019-20 school year.

The increase will need to be approved by the Beatrice Education Association on Wednesday to go into effect.

Alexander said he believes the agreement is fair.

"It’s a fair, good faith negotiations offer on your part as a board of education, and hopefully that will be seen by the staff on Wednesday as they vote on this,” Alexander said.

Alexander said the increase will keep BPS at an average rate with other local schools. 

The next Board of Education meeting will be held March 11 at 7 p.m. in the administration building.

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