School district and teachers' union reach agreement over teacher contracts

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One local school district and its teachers' union have reached an agreement for teacher contracts.

Bay District Schools and the Association of Bay Educators, also referred to as ABCE, made the announcement earlier this month.

We're told before Hurricane Michael, the district agreed to pay the insurance increase for teachers.

The two parties also agreed to a zero percent raise for teachers' salaries.

The union's chief spokesperson tells us they believe Hurricane Michael played a role in the agreement.

"All you have to do is look around and reality sets in. They're closing schools and the teachers' association is much more interested in saving teacher jobs than a pay raise this year," Cindy Fowler, Chief Spokesperson for ABCE, said.

It took longer to come to an agreement this year compared to years past because of Hurricane Michael. While the two parties have settled, the next step is to ratify the agreement.