A tentative contract agreement has been reached between Jordan School District and its teachers' association, after an impasse appeared imminent.

The Jordan Education Association announced Wednesday that it has accepted an agreement that leaves health insurance increases intact, and is now waiting a membership ratification. The vote, by secret ballot, is expected to be complete by Sept. 1, said Jackie Christensen, JEA president."We understand the frustrating problems associated with the tight financial situation of our district and applaud the board's action that led to today's tentative agreement," she said.

The district had to trim more than $4 million from its budget this spring and had proposed reductions in the teachers' compensation and benefit package.

Whittenburg said he is gratified that agreement appears to be reached and that existing pay and benefit schedules could be maintained.

Jordan became the 19th of Utah's 40 school districts to come to agreement with teacher associations. Most of the state's school districts will begin the new school year Monday, with a handful remaining on vacation until after Labor Day.