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      School district, teachers reach deal in Macomb

      Macomb teachers have a contract.

      Macomb teachers have a contract.

      The School Board approved a three-year deal that will keep teachers in the classroom and off the picket lines.

      Macomb Educators Association spokeswoman Molly Selders said that the contract approved Tuesday comes with some concessions.

      Teachers will get smaller yearly percentage increases instead of raises based on their number of years of services.

      According to Selders, this means teachers won't have to contribute to their retirement.

      The Macomb School Board and teachers union held a special meeting Tuesday to approve a new contract.

      For the first year of the contract, teachers will receive less than a 1-percent increase. The second year they get a 1 percent raise.

      The third year they get a 1.25 percent increase.

      By contrast, the average for most teachers under the previous contract was about 2.8 percent.

      The two groups reached a tentative agreement last week.

      Negotiations were put on hold in November when the union and district hit an impasse.

      Teachers have been working without a contract since the beginning of the school year.

      The union represents more than 139 teachers in the school district.