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McLean Co. approves new teachers' contract

NORMAL – School officials in Normal have approved a two-year contract for teachers and other professionals in McLean County Unit 5 that will give them a 1 percent increase in base pay each year.

The school board approved the contract Wednesday night.

The Unit Five Education Association ratified the deal Tuesday. The union represents more than 900 teachers, nurses, social workers, psychologists and speech pathologists.

The approval means that, starting this fall, a beginning teacher with no experience will earn about $33,700. A teacher with at least 18 years of experience, a master's degree and additional graduate studies will earn more than $80,000.

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