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Members of the Mandan Education Association have ratified an agreement on a new teachers contract, on which the Mandan School Board was expected to vote at a special meeting Wednesday.

Negotiators with the teachers union and the school district met for a third time last week and reached a tentative agreement, which includes an increase in teachers' salaries.

Under the 2019-21 agreement, all teachers will get a $1,700 increase in pay for the upcoming school year. In 2020-21, teachers will get an $800 increase, as well as bumps in pay based on education and experience.

Barb Luetzen, lead negotiator for the Mandan Education Association, said there was a good teacher turnout for the final meeting with district representatives when they reached an agreement.

"We're happy," Luetzen said, of the agreement.

Jeff Fastnacht, assistant superintendent of Mandan Public Schools and the district's head negotiator, said the negotiations went well.

"This year we really did work cooperatively to come to an agreement," he said. "We came to a good consensus — something we could both accept."

Teachers and the district negotiate a contract every two years.

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