The Avon Teachers' Association and school board have agreed to a one-year contract, effective Aug. 1.

Teachers agreed to forgo a pay raise given the uncertainty facing the district as it prepares for the 2020-21 school year amid looming state budget cuts, part of the fallout from COVID-19. They also agreed to pay a monthly $25 increase for spousal insurance coverage.

Superintendent Mike Laub said the new contract comports with the four-year contract negotiated in 2016. It is set to expire July 31.

“We all stepped back and said there's a lot of uncertainty right now,” he said. “Our teachers' association is a great teammate. We wanted to give it a year to see what happens.”

Avon Teachers’ Association President Heather Pelphrey said, “Avon Teachers’ Association feels that they were able to support the district and community during these uncertain times by agreeing to a contract that was fiscally responsible.”

Contact freelance writer Michele Murphy at avonlakemurphy@gmail.com.

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