Las Vegas-area school district approves new teacher contract

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada school district has approved a new employee contract after Las Vegas area teachers threatened to strike, officials said.

The Clark County School District Board of Trustees ended a months-long fight with Clark County Education Association over teacher pay, benefits and compensation for professional development, approving a two-year contract Thursday.

Union members threatened to walk off the job if negotiators failed to agree.

The contract through July 1, 2021, includes a 3% pay increase, 2% step increase for each of the two years and a 4% increase in monthly health care contributions.

Board officials also approved a $5,400 salary increase for educators who completed three years of professional development activities to advance a column in the salary table.

The union and the district must now form focus groups to establish a new professional development system.

The agreement costs the district more than $3 billion in teacher compensation, superintendent Jesus Jara told the Las Vegas Sun. An additional $124.5 million over two years.

Funding for professional development is expected to cost an additional $15 million, while raises, step increases and added benefits are expected to cost another $94.5 million, officials said.

Union members overwhelmingly accepted the contract in an online vote this week, union executive director John Vellardita told the Sun. More than 98% of union members who participated in the vote approved the contract.

Board trustees also approved a $1.4 million two-year contract for the small group of police administrators that mirrors the teachers' agreement, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported .

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