Traverse City Area Public Schools and the union representing it's teachers appear to be one step away from having a contract deal. Wednesday night the union membership approved the tentative deal that was reached to end months of back and forth negotiations. Union members had cast a vote on Monday to approve the plan, but had until Wednesday night to submit an absentee ballot if they were present on Monday. With all ballots counted, it appears the deal will now head to the school board on Monday for possible ratification.
The deal calls for a salary freeze in it's first year, followed by a two percent raise, and a one percent raise in it's third year. As part of the deal, teachers will also pay more in some aspects of their health care coverage.
If approved by the board of education, this contract would be in place through the 2015-2016 school year.