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Harvard teachers, District 50 reach accord

HARVARD – The Harvard Education Association and the District 50 school board have reached a tentative two-year agreement.

The contract, covering the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, ends six months of negotiations.

Details are being withheld until teachers and the administration approve it.

Union leaders will present the deal to their members in a meeting Wednesday. If teachers approve, the deal will go back to the school board for ratification, likely at the regularly scheduled Jan. 16 meeting, the district said in a news release.

“Everyone’s pleased that we’ve reached a tentative agreement,” District 50 spokesman Bill Clow said. “We’re glad we got to this point, and we’re ready to move forward.”

Negotiations began in June, and the two sides brought in a federal mediator in October.

“They got to a point where they felt like bringing in a mediator would help move things forward,” Clow said.

Clow declined to comment on what specifically held up an agreement and a union representative referred questions about negotiations to Clow.

Board President Richard Stoxen could not be reached for comment.

Approximately 2,500 students go to District 50 schools, which include Harvard High School, Harvard Junior High School, Jefferson School, Crosby Elementary and Washington School.

The Harvard Education Association has about 130 members.

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