CHARLESTON -- A new contract for Charleston School District teachers is set for final approval.

The Charleston school board is scheduled to vote on the contract during its meeting today, Wednesday, June 19, though details of the agreement aren't yet available.

Negotiations resulted in the new agreement between the school district and the Charleston Education Association teachers union last month. The union's ratification vote also took place in May.

According to district Superintendent Todd Vilardo, negotiating teams agreed not to release any details of the contract until after the board's approval.

The district's current three-year contract with the union expires on Aug. 15.

The board's meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the district administration office, 410 W. Polk Ave.

The board will first convene at 6:15 p.m. to conduct the required public hearing on amendments to the district's 2018-19 budget. The board is set to vote to approve the budget amendments later during the regular meeting.

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The hearing and vote are required for any expense that ends up more than the original budgeted amount, regardless whether the district had revenue or funds to cover the difference.

Funds balances covered the additional expenses and property tax revenue expected soon will provide the actual revenue for the budgeted expenses, district Assistant Superintendent Chad Burgett said.

Other votes scheduled for Wednesday's meeting include renewing the district's contract with its food services provider, the Aramark company.

The renewal includes a 2.5-percent increase that reflects increases in the minimum wage, Burgett said.

The current agreement with Aramark expires next year and the district will seek new bids for a food service provider, Burgett also said.

There are also several employment items on the agenda that include hiring a new band director and music teacher for Charleston High School, Charleston Middle School and Mark Twain Elementary School.

The position is open following Laney Cruit's resignation at the end of the school year. Vilardo said he didn't want to identify the candidate before the meeting.

Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave



Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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