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Menahga School settles contract with wage increase

After weeks of negotiation sessions, Menahga School Board settled a teachers contract just hours before the state imposed deadline Friday.

Teachers will get a total package percentage increase of 3.613 percent over the 2009-11 contract period.

The settlement comes after the local union, Education Minnesota Menahga, presented its latest offer with the salary increase to the board.

The new contract will cost the district a total of $235,235 over the two years.

The vote to settle passed 5-1, with treasurer Curtis Hasbargen voting against it.

"Two-hundred and thirty-five thousand is too much considering the funding for the next eight years is expected to be flat or negative," he said. "There is going to be a lot of changes to school districts and none of it is positive."

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Enterprise.