Voices of WEMU
Fri January 21, 2005
Ypsilanti Teachers Reach Tentative Contract
By Andrew Cluley
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti Public Schools and the district's teachers have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract covering the current school year and the next.
Most of the details of Thursday night's settlement will not be released until the package is ratified by the teachers and the school board.
Superintendent David Zuhlke says the contract includes fewer school days, but maintains the same number of instructional hours. Zuhlke adds that contract will not increase teachers' pay by as much as they deserve, but he says it's as much as the district could afford based on current state funding levels.
Teachers' union president Kelly Powers says the teachers are looking forward to ratification and getting on with their regular teaching duties.