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Agreement reached with District 206 teachers


Alexandria School District 206 and the local teachers union group recently reached an agreement on teachers' salary and benefits.

The school board approved the contract during its May 21 meeting.


Over two years - July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013 - teachers will receive an overall increase of 4.13 percent.

The contract includes salary schedule improvements as well as a legislatively mandated increase in employer contributions to the Teachers Retirement Association. The agreement also includes minor financial adjustments in sick leave as well as some language changes and clarifications.

School board members Dave Anderson, Alan Ziethamer and Jim Hafdahl served on the negotiating committee.

Hafdahl stated, "I believe this is a fair settlement that speaks to the strong partnership between the district and the teachers union."

Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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