- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MANDATA, Pa. (AP) - Teachers in one central Pennsylvania school district have their first new contract in more than five years.

The (Sunbury) Daily Item (https://bit.ly/29YhvOy ) reports the Line Mountain School Board voted Tuesday to ratify the new nine-year deal, which is retroactive to July 2012 and runs through June 2021.

The district’s 99 teachers have been working under a series of one-year extensions since their last contract expired on June 30, 2011.

The teachers went on strike from Sept. 16 to Oct. 2 and from May 12 to 19 because of the contract impasse. The strike in May occurred after he school board rejected an independent arbiter’s report that the school board rejected.

The contract doesn’t include retroactive pay, but does give teachers a $4,000-per-year signing bonus if they were hired in the last four years.

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Information from: The Daily Item, https://www.dailyitem.com

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