By Chris Durden & Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
4:56 PM CDT, August 13, 2012
Wichita teachers have ratified a new contract with the district for the 2012-2013 school year. The United Teachers of Wichita reports 88 percent of the teachers who cast ballots accepted the offer.
The contract includes a one percent raise for Wichita teachers, their first in four years. The union had originally asked for a 3 percent raise, step increases and back pay.
It's part of the $628 million budget the Wichita School Board agreed to publish and have a final vote within two weeks. It's $22 million more than last year, but will not require any property tax increase.
The extra money comes from an increase in state funding and reductions the district has made in capital spending. Superintendent John Allison says this budget far from makes up for the cuts in recent years but says it's a positive step.
According to a post on USD 259's website, the new teacher's contract includes:
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