Most District 65 teachers will get pay raises totaling 27 percent over four years under a contract ratified unanimously by the school board this week.
The deal gives all teachers annual increases of 3.5 percent, except for a 3.25 percent increase in the second year.
The nearly 80 percent of teachers who are not already at the top of the salary scale will also receive step, or seniority-based, increases of about 2.73 percent each year.
The school board won part of its goal of increasing the length of the school day by 20 minutes.
The pact calls for a 10 minute increase in instructional time for elementary schools and a 20 minute increase for middle schools.
But the time teachers are required to report for work before students arrive will be cut by 10 minutes.
The changes in the school day won’t take effect until next fall.
A district news release says the compensation package is the richest the board has agreed to since the inception of tax caps in 1994.
Annual pay for an experienced teacher at the top of the salary scale would rise to nearly $102,000 over the course of the agreement.
The agreement also includes a tuition reimbursement program, coverage for domestic partners in benefits packages and compensation for military service.
It also includes a bonus for teachers who improve their attendance levels and reduce the need for the district to hire substitutes.
Teachers approved the agreement last week. They had overwhelmingly rejected a previous contract offer in September.