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September 01, 2000|Danette Goulet, (949) 574-4221

After months of grueling negotiations, Newport-Mesa Unified School District teachers have secured a 9% raise in pay--the first across-the-board increase in two years--bringing their salaries just above the average for unified districts in Orange County.

With the average teacher salary in the Newport-Mesa district currently at about $49,000, this hike would boost that to $53,410.

Negotiators reached a verbal agreement Tuesday for the 9% pay hike and are expected to sign a tentative agreement Friday, said Linda Mook, president of the Newport-Mesa Teachers Federation.

"This is an agreement that I hope keeps the teachers committed to Newport-Mesa," Mook said.

Teachers and district officials hope to ratify the salary and various other agreements Sept. 12.

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