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District 70 board OKs contract

Pueblo County District 70 teachers and classified employees will have no pay cuts, furloughs or layoffs for the next two years as part of an agreement approved by the Pueblo County District 70 school board Tuesday night.

The school board approved the settlement agreement with the Pueblo County Education Association along with a two-year extension to the contract.

The PCEA contract now expires June 30, 2016.

The agreement prohibits the district from reducing salary amounts below the 2012-13 salary schedule along with reducing contributions to the health, dental and vision benefits.

The pact also requires that the district not impose layoffs to any certified, tenured employees or classified employees with three or more years of service with the district.

Tuesday’s agreement marks the end to nearly a year of negotiations between the employee union and the district that resulted in several memorandums of understanding agreements throughout the past nine months.

The previous approved agreements pertain to items such as salaries, benefit compensation and work days for classified employees.

In another unrelated action Tuesday, the board approved a resolution requiring that all District 70 students take the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program exams this spring.

Per state law, students in grades third through 10th are required to take reading, writing and math assessments.

Students in fifth, eighth and 10th grades also are required to take a science assessment and students in fourth and seventh grades will be tested in social studies this year.

TCAP testing begins later this month and will go through mid-April.

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