Canyons school board, teacher union reach tentative agreement on salary increases

Published: Monday, May 14 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT

SANDY — Canyons School District teachers will receive a 1 percent cost of living increase and a 2 percent bonus for the 2012-13 school year under the terms of a tentative salary agreement between the school board and the Canyons Education Association.

CEA President Ross Rogers said the agreement was reached in under two hours, a far cry from the weeks-long discussions of past years. He said negotiations were positive and pleasant and the agreement is the best result he could have hoped for in the current economic climate.

"We are very happy with this agreement," Rogers said. "The teachers have had a lot of change and this is a nice 'thank you' from the district."

In addition to the one-time bonus and cost of living increase, the agreement will stabilize health insurance costs, which have been raised in the past, and fund scheduled salary increases, commonly known as steps and lanes.

"That is huge," Rogers said. "It's really just wonderful for our teachers."

The school board is expected to take a final vote on the agreement during its business meeting on May 29, district spokeswoman Jennifer Toomer-Cook said.

Benjamin Wood

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