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Murphysboro teachers vote to approve new contract

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- After months of uncertainty, and even the threat of a strike, the Murphysboro Education Association (MEA) voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night in favor of a new contract with Murphysboro CUSD 186.

The teachers union and school board reached the tentative agreement late Monday night after negotiating since May.

The contract has not yet been released, but it will last one year, and includes raises for teachers.

Murphysboro teachers described a weight being lifted off their shoulders as the union voted to approve the new deal.

"Our teachers are so relieved to have all of this turmoil behind us, and just be able to focus on what we do, which is teach our kids and do our jobs until the end of May," said Melinda Pierson, vice president of the MEA.

Murphysboro Superintendent Chris Grode says he’s glad to hear the teachers approved the agreement and that its a fair compromise between the two sides, adding its important that the students won’t see an interruption in their education.

The school board will vote to confirm the contract at its meeting Tuesday.

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