In a special board meeting this morning, the El Centro Elementary School District board voted unanimously to ratify a tentative contract agreement with the El Centro Elementary Teachers Association.
The contract, which goes into effect immediately, covers the 1999-2000, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 school years.
It gives a 4 percent retroactive salary increase for the 1999-2000 school year, a 7.75 percent salary increase for the 2000-2001 school year and a 6 percent total benefits and salary increase for the 2001-2002 school year.
The contract also provides a 1.75 percent increase for three added days to the school year.
The hourly rate was increased to $29.55. Other areas the contract covered included benefits to retirees, contract language and requirements for peer assistance and review.
Bruce Roberts, president of the teachers' association, addressed the board urging it to approve the agreement.
"Today is a long-awaited day," said Roberts.
"The teachers had a unanimous vote on this contract and I beseech the board to do likewise," he said.