The Central Union High School District Board of Trustees ratified a contract with its teachers Thursday, the result of what were described as "peaceful" negotiations.
"The good news is that we've signed a three-year contract and that's positive," said Suzanne McAlpine, president of the El Centro Secondary Teachers' Association.
Association members voted to ratify the contract on Aug. 22 with a 92-percent approval, McAlpine said.
"Negotiations went quickly and smoothly," McAlpine said.
District Superintendent Richard Fragale agreed.
"This was probably the easiest one (contract negotiation process) I've ever had," said Fragale, a veteran administrator.
"It was almost like a conversation rather than negotiations," he added.
"We were most appreciative of the professional and trusting way the association's negotiators handled themselves," Fragale said.
McAlpine attributes much of the ease of negotiations to Fragale and the other negotiators.
"Mr. Fragale works with the association rather than treating us as adversaries. He has brought the district together as a team," McAlpine said.