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Lebanon School Board Approves Teacher Contracts

The Lebanon School Board narrowly voted Wednesday night to approve an agreement with the city’s education association on new three-year contracts for the district’s teachers.

The agreement is expected to cost slightly under $300,000 dollars, and include salary increases of 1.5 percent next year, 1.75 percent in 2017 and 2 percent in 2018. Teachers in Lebanon make an approximate $65,000 dollars per year, which comes in well over the state average of about $56,000 dollars.

After approving the agreement, the board tasked administrators with the task of trying to cut $300,000 from the district’s almost 40 million dollar budget to be voted on in March, though some cautioned that such a drastic cut would likely involve the loss of jobs.

The school board will hold its next meeting Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Middle School.

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