The Baldwin school board has unanimously approved a new contract that will give slight raises to teachers and staff.
Under the agreement, effective for next year, teachers' base salary will increase from $25,545 this year to $25,883 next year, Supt. John Nuspl said. There are about 90 teachers in the district.
In addition, the agreement calls for a new full-time technology position at Baldwin Elementary School and a new half-time position that will be split between Marion Springs and Vinland elementary schools.
The new positions ``will give the teachers more planning time, which has been a concern for a long time -- about seven years,'' Nuspl said.
Classified staff, including custodians and cooks, will receive a 4 percent salary increase, while administrators will receive a 3 percent increase. There are about 60 classified staff and 15 administrators in the district, Nuspl said.
He said the salary agreement was approved nearly unanimously by the teacher's union.
``The negotiations this year were much less strained,'' Nuspl said.
He said a new ``interest-based bargaining'' approach was used in negotiations this year.
In all, about $123,000 will be used for salary increases and additional positions, he said.
In other business, the board accepted the resignation of longtime Baldwin High School head track coach C.R. Herpich, who is retiring.
Mike Spielman, assistant track coach, who has been with the district about five years, was approved to succeed Herpich.
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