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The Syracuse School Board on Friday approved a new three-year contract with city teachers, who have been working without one for 15 months.

Teachers on Thursday resoundingly approved the pact, which provides pay hikes between 3.5 and 4.5 percent a year over the next three years as well as a voice in the development of curriculum and teacher training.

Teachers voted 1,454-347 in favor of the contract, said Syracuse Teachers Association Kate McKenna. The union has a voting membership of about 2,100, she said.

The board unanimously approved the contract during a special meeting Friday afternoon.

The contract is retroactive to last school year. Teachers will get a 3.5 percent raise in the first year.

In the second year, teachers will get a 2.5 percent hike for the first six months and a 2 percent raise for the second half of the year.

The third-year raise will be 4 percent.

By July 2001, a starting teacher's annual salary will be $35,922.

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