When they met Wednesday, members of the Leavenworth Board of Education approved an employment agreement that was negotiated with a teachers union.

When they met Wednesday, members of the Leavenworth Board of Education approved an employment agreement that was negotiated with a teachers union.

Amy Sloan, the school district's executive director of human resources and support services, said the negotiated agreement will be in effect for one year.

The agreement will add $2,000 to the base salary for teachers, raising the base salary to $40,000.

Sloan said the agreement also will add $2,000 to each step in the salary schedule for teachers.

She said this means each teacher in the district will see a $2,000 pay increase this year.

Sloan said the salary increases for the teachers will total $921,641.

She said there are 302 employees who are impacted by the negotiated agreement.

Sloan said the Leavenworth chapter of the National Education Association already had enough votes among its membership to ratify the agreement.

School board members voted 6-0 to approve the agreement. Board member Jose Morales was absent.

Board member Loyal Torkelson asked if the pay increase puts salaries more in line with other districts that may be competing for the same teachers.

"We're getting closer," Sloan said.

Also Wednesday, board members voted to approve the school district's 2018-2019 budget.

The budget has net expenditures of $57 million.

The budget will reduce the district's mill levy by 4 mills. The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

"I don't believe a lot of districts in our region are showing that kind of a decrease," Superintendent Mike Roth said.

The budget was approved at the conclusion of a public hearing. No one from the public asked to speak during the hearing.

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