Iron Mountain teachers will begin the school year with a contract. They have been working without one for two years.
The contract deal between the Iron Mountain School Board and the union will cover four years. It is retroactive, covering the past two years.
It includes respective steps for the teachers, lanes and longevity benefits. There are also health care caps for the next two years.
According to Iron Mountain Superintendent Tom Jyane, "In return, the teachers union made a huge sacrifice, as did the administration, in that we all took a seven percent pay cut from this school year. Wages will be frozen next year at that seven percent pay cut. I can't say enough to thank all the employees, especially the teachers, for the sacrifice that they made."
Prior pay scales may be reinstated of there are more than 876 students enrolled by the end of next year, or one of the school buildings is sold.