HPS, HEA reach contract agreement

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On Aug. 18, Howell Public Schools and the Howell Education Association (HEA) reached to a new two-year contract agreement. The agreement comes following several collaborative negotiation sessions between the district and the union.

Under the contract, the district’s eligible teachers will reach scheduled step increases during both the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 school years. Teachers who have reached the top of the schedule will receive a 1.5 percent increase during the 2017/2018 school year.

“Through several positive and collaborative negotiation sessions we have reached an agreement that has benefits for both our teachers and the district,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent.

“We are very pleased that the collaborative efforts of the District and the Association’s representatives allowed us to reach a fair and equitable agreement for our members before the start of the new school year,” said Kristi Craig, Howell Education Association President.

The HEA membership voted to ratify the agreement during the week of Aug. 21. The Howell Public Schools Board of Education approved the contract during a special board meeting on Monday, Aug. 28.

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