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.