Lee County Teachers Agree to Return to Work

FEBRUARY 15, 2007 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CST

MARIANNA, Ark. (AP) - Lee County teachers are to be back in the classroom today. Members of a teachers union have agreed to return under their current contract, even though they went on strike several weeks ago seeking a raise.

An agreement between the Lee County Education Association and district officials will need to be approved by the Lee County School Board.

Under the plan, the district will bring all salaries and benefits current by February 23rd, and adjustments will be made to the school calendar for the days missed.

Employees who did not strike will have the option of working or not working the extra days at their contractual rate of pay. Students who attended school during the strike will have the option of attending school during the extended days. The plan will also include no retaliation or retribution by either side.

District officials agreed to work to increase salaries and benefits for next year.

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