HOOPESTON — Superintendent Hank Hornbeck announced Friday that a new three-year contract with the Hoopeston Education Association union was approved unanimously Tuesday evening by the Hoopeston School Board.
“Collective bargaining with the HEA went very well again this year,” Hornbeck said.
The school board and the union collective bargaining committee met for three days in early June, but concluded negotiations in two days, according to Hornbeck.
The contracts in the previous few years have been one-year contracts due to concerns over the teachers’ pension system.
Hoopeston Education Association members approved the union contract previous to the school board meeting on Tuesday.
The new contract says teachers will receive a $250 increase in the base salary in year one, a $350 increase in the base salary in year two and $375 increase in year three.
The Hoopeston School District and the teachers will share in the cost of any health insurance premium increases equally during the next three years, according to the agreement.