HOLTVILLE — There is joy among the teachers in the Carrot Capital after the ratification of a contract between the Holtville Unified School District and the Holtville Teachers Association.
Negotiations on the package concluded Feb. 26 and is retroactive to July 2001. The 9 percent raise includes a 6.2 salary schedule increase and 2.8 percent benefits cost increase. The new contract is in effect until June 30.
HUSD board Chairman Marv Wood said the salary increase was a unanimous decision by the board.
"I think it is time to celebrate. The teachers are some of our most valuable resources and whenever we have an opportunity to enhance their condition it is always a goal. … All districts are faced with limited finances and unlimited needs, and when we have two parties agree this is indeed a time to celebrate."