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The Wilson School Board Tuesday ratified a three-year teachers contract and scheduled a referendum on two financial propositions.

The contract includes pay raises for teachers of 1.5 percent in the first year, 1.4 percent in the second year, and 1.3 percent in the third year.

Business Administrator William R. Leardini said the raises are in addition to annual increments as teachers progress through the 20-step salary schedule. Those increments average 2 percent a year, he said.

The Wilson Teachers Association overwhelmingly ratified the agreement last Wednesday. The board's vote was unanimous.

The board also set a Dec. 10 referendum on two propositions: spending $874,000 in insurance money for repairs of the high school auditorium, wrecked in a still unsolved fire blamed on arson in March; and setting up a $1.75 million capital reserve fund for use in projects next year.

Leardini said most of the money for that fund would come from the gross receipts tax paid by CWM Chemical Services. He said neither proposal would affect property taxes.

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