The Saline Education Association has reached a tentative deal on a two-year contract with Saline Area Schools.
The union represents about 300 teachers, counselors, social workers and school psychologists.
SEA President Tim Timoszyk declined to provide specific details of the agreement Thursday night. Unlike the last two contracts, this one is not a concessionary contract, he said.
“It’s much better than the last contract. The district got some things they wanted and we got some things we wanted,” Timoszyk said.
The SEA will hold a membership meeting early next week, likely on Tuesday, to share the details of the contract. Teachers will then vote using an electronic ballot.
“We’re hoping everything goes well,” Timoszyk said.
The SEA has been working without a contract since Dec. 31. For teachers the main hardship in working without a contract is that lane-change raises and step-raises were delayed.
The district’s financial position is much better than it was four years ago when teachers accepted substantial wage rollbacks. Two years ago, teachers agreed to a health care concessions. The district’s finances are better due to the countywide special education millage, a bond issue that has taken some pressure off the general fund, some increases in state funding, stabilizing enrollment and the previous concessionary contracts.
Efforts to reach Saline Area Schools officials Thursday night were unsuccessful.