Kingsland's School Board convened for a special meeting this past Tuesday, Sept. 3, to ratify teachers' contracts, including granting a salary and benefit increase.

Board Chairman Doug Plaehn shared a summary of teachers' negotiations for the biennium - 2013 through 2015 - which read, "Education Minnesota-Kingsland and the Kingsland School Board have agreed to a two-year contract. The agreement calls for a salary and benefit cost increase of 7.19 percent to the school district over a two-year period. The 2011-2013 settlement is an acceptable amount and allows for the district to maintain a balanced budget."

The board ratified the agreement, with member Gwen Howard making the first motion to do so; board member Kristin Beck was the only member not present. The new contract will go into effect retroactively to July 1, 2013, and is set to expire June 30, 2015.

The next meeting of the Kingsland School Board of Directors is slated for Monday, Sept. 16, in the Kingsland High School conference room.