READING, Pa. – Teachers in the Reading School District will be returning to work with a better sense of stability now that a new agreement has been reached.

After working for more than a month under the terms of a contract that expired, the teachers have agreed to a new, four-year contract.

"We are elated to take a pause and celebrate this victory, because it means we can now return our full focus to the needs of our students," said Rebecca Titus, the president of the Reading Education Association. "The association hopes this contract helps stabilize our workforce by attracting and retaining the quality professionals Reading students deserve."

The agreement includes a $750 salary increase in the first year, and $1,000 annual increases in years two, three and four. Teachers will also be contributing more to health insurance costs, with 11% annual increases for the first two years.

"We were able to create a healthier salary schedule that includes equitable raises across all cells for all certified professional staff," Titus said. "This will provide stability for our professional staff, our students and our classrooms."

"It is a testament to the collegial relationship that has been established between the REA and the school district," Superintendent Khalid Mumin said. "This contract puts us in a position to compete with recruitment, hiring and retention of staff, by offering competitive wages as well as having the stability of four-year agreement."