Bargaining between the Board of Education and the classified union are nearing an end after the union accepted the tentative agreement put forth by the board in the last bargaining session on Oct. 3. The bargaining team for the board and the classified staff signed off on the agreement on Thursday Oct. 6. This agreement must still be voted on by the classified membership and the board.

The agreement contains six different health insurance plans that are said to help control the rising cost of healthcare. The board will also be contributing to the union’s health insurance premiums and increasing their contributions to flexible spending so that the staff can use the money towards their medical expenses.

If this agreement is accepted by the classified membership and the board, mediation will come to an end. As of Oct. 11 the classified staff has not yet voted on the agreement. Once the vote is done, if they chose to accept it, the board will then vote on it in their next meeting.