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Sweetwater Union School District Avoids Potential Strike

The agreement needs to be ratified by both the teachers' rank-and-file and the school board.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Sweetwater Union High School District teachers and officials today celebrated a tentative contract agreement that will avoid a potential strike.

Superintendent Ed Brand, school board President Jim Cartmill and Roberto Rodriguez, head of the Sweetwater Education Association, said the deal was reached Thursday night. The settlement followed about a year of often- contentious negotiations.

The three scheduled a news conference for late this morning to discuss terms of the three-year contract.

The SEA said teachers will receive a 2 percent raise this year, retroactive to Jan. 1, and a 3 percent raise beginning July 1. The district also agreed to phase in smaller class sizes.     

The teachers in the district, which includes middle and high schools Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City and southern San Diego, authorized a strike last month.

The agreement needs to be ratified by both the teachers' rank-and-file and the school board.

—City News Service

Marcus Boyd April 11, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Great news! Ultimately, kids are the rope in this tug-a-war game.

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