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Teachers, district reach tentative contract deal

The Farmington School District reached a tentative contract agreement with its teachers' union Thursday afternoon. 

The agreement comes after a full year of negotiations. On Monday, superintendent Jay Haugen said the sides had met 18 times for two to eight hours at a time. There was also a 15-hour mediation session earlier this year. In recent months, teachers had taken to showing up in large numbers at school board meetings and sending speakers to the podium during public comment sessions to express frustrations. 

Details of the agreement will not be made public until it has been shared with all teachers, the district said. Teachers had pushed for a salary increase that keeps pace with other nearby districts, and for a commitment to lowering class sizes. The district said it would reduce class sizes if voters approved an operating levy last November, which they did. Teachers had been asking for that reduction to be written into their contract. 

"The parties want to thank everyone for working together to reach this settlement," the district wrote in a statment about the settlement." 

Teachers will vote soon on the tentative agreement. The Farmington School Board is scheduled to discuss the deal at its June 13 meeting. 

The Independent Town Pages will have more about the deal in next week's print edition. 

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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