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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jefferson County Public Schools has reached a tentative agreement with the Jefferson County Teachers Association regarding teacher contracts and parent/student benefits over the next five years.
In a public statement released by JCPS, officials say the agreement is designed to boost "academic achievement while meeting the needs of students."
The agreement between JCPS and the JCTA is not final until approved by the school board and the union, which should take place next month.
The five-year deal does not include teacher pay raises for the first year, though "step raises" based on seniority and education are included.
Some of the highlights include giving principals more flexibility in hiring teachers they believe can best serve the students' needs.
The agreement also provides online access to grades and attendance for parents.
In addition, the district committed to use $5 million to provide targeted extra learning hours for students.
That money will be used to pay teachers for extra time, especially in low-performing schools.
JCTA president Brent McKim told WDRB's Chris Turner that he will recommend that the roughly 6,000 teachers and others in the union vote "yes" on the contract.
JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens released the following statement to WDRB: "Meeting student needs
and providing the best possible education have been the primary goals for both
parties throughout the negotiations."