Khepera Charter School teachers, who just last month were so frustrated by 18 months of contract talks that they gave negotiators the power to call a strike, ratified a new contract Monday.
The 24-member local that represents teachers and counselors at the Mount Airy charter, unanimously approved a three-year pact that includes retroactive pay raises of 2 percent to 4 percent in two of the three years and maintains a defined salary schedule.
"I want to thank everyone who supported us, including . . . parents and the community," said Kim Johnson, the president of the Alliance of Charter School Employees, Local 6056. "It was long, but it was worth it. Now we can focus 100 percent of our attention on the students."