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Pueblo D60 teachers head back to the classroom today

Posted at 5:55 AM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 10:50:09-04

Pueblo District 60 teachers are heading back to school today with a new deal on the table.

Teachers and the District agreed on that deal after the historic weeklong teacher strike we first told you about in May. Now they’re eager to start a new year fresh.

According to District 60 the vacancy rate for teachers is the best its been in years! Around 10 jobs are still open meaning about 98% of positions are filled.

This year teachers and District 60 are ready to turn over a new leaf. With a new deal on the table, they say they’re eager to put their energy and resources into the students.

The new deal comes with a 2.5% cost of living adjustment and a $50 stipend towards health insurance. It was ratified in May through an 85% majority vote.

“It’s really nice to be starting the school year with a deal already done,” said Suzanne Ethredge President of the Pueblo Education Association. “This way we can concentrate on getting the school up and started and not have to be worried about negotiations or mediation coming up.”

“Teachers are excited to get back into the classroom and certainly district-wide we’re really excited to start looking into the future for the school district in a way where we can collaboratively work together to address all issues across the board, ” said Dalton Sprouse a spokesperson for Pueblo City Schools.

There will be some changes for students and teachers this year. District 60 is moving to a 4 day school week with classes held Monday through Thursday.

District 60 students will start classes next Monday.