The Ellensburg Education Association teachers unanimously ratified their contract with the Ellensburg School Monday night, according to a news release from the association.

The 173 members met Monday to learn about the details in the new three-year contract from the EEA bargaining team, then discussed and debated the details before voting to accept the offer.

A few highlights of the new contract include new agreements on class size targets, parameters on testing and training, making reasonable efforts to keep teachers in the classrooms with students and competitive salaries.

Ellensburg School District officials said the contract with go before the Ellensburg School Board at its Sept. 11 meeting.

“We are so proud of our tireless EEA Bargaining Team members for their efforts and grateful to our members and our community for their outpouring of support to ensure high quality teachers for the students in our community,” EEA President Donna Grassel said.

Teachers began the new school year today and school will begin with students on Wednesday. Ellensburg Education Association represents about 200 teachers and other educators.

The teachers and the district had been in contract negotiations since June. In August the board and teachers agreed to bring in a mediator to hope reach an agreement.

Contract issues included discrepancy in pay between Ellensburg and other school districts in Central Washington.

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