The Lansing Board of Education has unanimously approved an agreement that was negotiated with representatives of the school district’s teachers union, the superintendent said.

The Lansing Board of Education has unanimously approved an agreement that was negotiated with representatives of the school district’s teachers union, the superintendent said.

The vote came during a special meeting Thursday.

“Everybody seemed very happy with our agreement,” Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam said.

The tentative agreement still requires approval from the Lansing Education Association teachers union. Stufflebeam said the members of the LEA are in the process of ratifying the agreement.

Stufflebeam said the one-year agreement will result in an overall 3 percent increase for teacher salaries for the coming school year. He said a 2 percent increase will be added to the base salary, which impacts all teachers. And money used to pay for teachers’ step increases on the salary schedule will total an additional 1 percent.

He said the agreement adds steps to columns in the salary schedule for teachers who have become “frozen” within the salary schedule.

Stufflebeam said the agreement also makes changes to salaries for supplemental positions such as coaching jobs and club sponsors. He said most of the changes are adjustments based on the length of the seasons for the activities.

He said a new club – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America – is being added at Lansing High School. He said the club is for students interested in family and consumer sciences education.

“We're pretty excited about that,” he said.

Stufflebeam said the agreement also will create paid sponsor positions for an existing Puzzle program at Lansing Middle School and Lansing High School.

He said the program pairs autistic students with other students.

If the negotiated agreement is not ratified by the LEA, negotiations will resume, Stufflebeam said.

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