South Burlington teachers approve contract deal

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Teachers have approved a new contract in South Burlington.

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Late Wednesday afternoon, the teachers union voted to ratify a new agreement that keeps the district's 2,400 students in their classrooms.

The deal comes after almost a year of negotiations. We still don't know what's in the contract. The school board and teachers union say they can't release that information until it's ratified by both sides. The board expects to vote on the agreement in the coming days.

The union says everyone came together compromising and finding common ground.

"The parties really stayed at the table and worked it through together and both sides were able to compromise in order to reach that tentative agreement in the early hours yesterday, so movement was made on both major issues-- health care and salary disbursement," said Noah Everitt of the South Burlington Educators Association.

The union spokesman says the new settlement wasn't passed unanimously but the vast majority of members were in favor of it. The deal affects 240 teachers.

Many families tell us they're just relieved these long contract conversations didn't end in a work stoppage.