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GRANITE TEACHER PACT CALLS FOR BONUS, 3.75 PERCENT PAY BOOST

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Granite District teachers will receive a 3.75 percent salary increase under terms of a tentative agreement with the district.

Teachers also will receive a $250 bonus, probably in time for Christmas, and will see slight increases in insurance payments as an offset.Teams representing the district and Granite Education Association met Monday with Tom Curdie, a federal mediator, to address issues that had brought negotiations to an impasse.

Late Monday afternoon, both sides expressed satisfaction with the tentative pact, which must be ratified by teachers before it is official.

"We think the agreement meets the needs of both," said Kent Gardner, spokesman for the district. "We feel good about it and are glad to have it over with."

GEA spokesman Steve Sorensen agreed. "We stuck to our guns and got a pretty good deal for our teachers - one of the best in the state," he said.

Besides the across-the-board increase, beginning teachers in Granite will be raised to $17,000 for the first two years. The previous beginning salary was $15,684 for teachers with a bachelor's degree.

While insurance benefits did not change, teachers will pay $2 more for prescriptions and an added premium of $5 per month for a spouse and $10 per month for family coverage.

The 3.75 percent salary increase will be retroactive to July 1, Gardner said.

GEA faculty representatives will meet soon to go over terms of the agreement, which will then go to teachers for a ratifying vote.