Cache County educators will receive a 2.5 percent salary increase for the 1992-93 school year under a new contract approved by the district's board of education.

The board also agreed this week to search for funds for a possible 1 percent increase by the end of the year."This represents something of a milestone for us this year," Superintendent Larry Jensen said.

District teachers worked during the 1991-92 school year without a contract after negotiations ended in a stalemate. The Cache Education Association had wanted a 3.5 percent salary increase for the 1992-93 school year, but the district offered only 1 percent.

"It's just nice to have a contract," said Barbara Covert, the education association's lead negotiator.

The new contract, which the board approved by a 3-0 vote, maintains salary differentials paid teachers for experience or education at the same level as last year. It also pays for teachers' health insurance premiums, which Jensen said increased 9 percent last year.

The possible 1 percent increase will be paid teachers retroactively by Jan. 1, 1993. Assistant Superintendent Steve Zsiray said the cost of the 1 percent pay increase would be approximately $120,000.

Under the agreement, a budget committee composed of district administrators and representatives from the education association will look for ways to fund the 1 percent increase and to help in developing future district budgets.