Suzanne Ethredge, president of the Pueblo Education Association, Alice Orona, president of the Pueblo Paraprofessional Education Association and Eric DeCesaro, the executive director of human resources of Pueblo City Schools, sign tentative agreements Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Courtesy Pueblo City Schools

Published 05.13.2018 9:53 a.m. | Updated 05.14.2018 5:55 a.m.

Pueblo teachers approved a deal Sunday evening to end a strike that had closed most city schools for five days.

The margin was overwhelming for approval, 495-62 as reported by the Pueblo Chieftain. The southern Colorado paper writes that a memorandum of understanding was also reached relating to the transition to a four-day week.

The proposal included a 2 percent cost-of-living increase retroactive to January, a 2.5 percent increase next school year and a $50 monthly health insurance contribution. The teachers' union had been seeking a 2 percent raise for the entire current school year.

Paraprofessionals had also been on strike and voted earlier Saturday to accept a deal giving them a 3.5 percent raise starting in September. The vote margin there was equally wide, 57-2.

The district has promised to pay both groups for three days of the strike and allow the remaining two days to be counted as leave time. They can also work an extra two days.

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