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Pinellas teachers ratify new contract

Pinellas County teachers ratified a new contract Thursday, with 2,711 approving it and 1,582 turning it down, said teachers union president Don Macneale. The $5.5-million package keeps the current salary schedule and allows most teachers, based on tenure, to move up to the next salary.

The contract also requires the School Board to set aside $250,000 for an early retirement plan and to subsidize the cost of rising health insurance.

Of the 6,500 teachers eligible to vote, 4,293 voted, Macneale said. The contract goes before the School Board on Wednesday.

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