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Lincoln Public Schools teachers would get a $1,300 pay increase for each of the next two years under an agreement overwhelmingly approved by the teachers union.

The agreement includes a 3.04 percent total compensation package increase for next year and a 2.69 percent increase for the 2020-21 school year. The total package includes increases in Social Security and retirement costs, as well as a 4.99 percent increase in health insurance costs.

The average salary increase for next year would be 2.35 percent, followed by an average 2.3 percent increase in 2020-21. Both years, that means a pay increase of $1,300 for all teachers except for first-year teachers. The base salary for new teachers would increase by $800 — to $45,956 next year and $46,756 the following year.

A teacher at the top of the LPS pay scale, who has a doctorate and 36 years of experience, will get $87,301 next year. A teacher with a master’s degree and 19 years of experience — the largest group of employees — will receive $63,239.

The increase also includes increases in “extra standard” pay for teachers who take on extra duties such as coaching or working as a team leader.

The increase is smaller than the agreement approved for the current year, which gave teachers an average 3.07 percent salary increase, or $1,675 for each full-time teacher. The increase is smaller primarily because health insurance costs didn’t increase last year but did this year, said Eric Weber, associate superintendent for human resources.

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The Lincoln Education Association represents about 2,300 teachers and other certified employees and 97 percent of the members approved the contract. The agreement affects about 3,650 certified employees.

The Lincoln Board of Education will vote on the package at its Jan. 8 meeting.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7226 or mreist@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSreist.

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Education reporter

Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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