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Phoenixville teachers reach tentative agreement


Teachers reach tentative agreement in Phoenixville

PHOENIXVILLE Four months after ratifying a teacher contract that took three years of negotiations to reach, the Phoenixville Area School District announced Tuesday that it and the teachers union have come to a tentative agreement on a contract that would take effect July 1.

The current four-year contract, which replaced one that expired in June 2010, was ratified in September 2013 and runs through the end of June.

"We started bargaining again in October to see if we could get an early bird done. And that's what we reached a tentative agreement on today," Keith Black, the district's director of human resources, said Tuesday.

Both the district and the Phoenixville Area Education Association must still vote on ratifying the contract. Those votes will both take place Jan. 23.

District officials declined to provide details about the proposed two-year contract that will be discussed at the board's Jan. 23 meeting.

Black said that in the current contract, teachers agreed to pay a percentage of health insurance premiums as opposed to a flat rate in exchange for receiving step increases and raises. - Tricia L. Nadolny

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