WALLED LAKE, Mich. - Walled Lake Consolidated Schools teachers will pay higher deductibles while retaining health insurance through the Michigan Education Special Services Association under the terms of a new, three-year contract, according to the C&G News. They also will share in any increased costs to the district for health insurance overall, the News reported.

The contract establishes a salary freeze for the first year and 1 percent salary increases in the next two years, according to the News.

"Salary, with the economical times, we knew that we weren't going to get everything. It's a give-and-take process. So, membership gave us our marching orders to maintain MESSA, and that's what we were able to do," Chriss Golden, president of the Walled Lake Education Association, told the News.

Superintendent Bill Hamilton told the News that the contract agreement will not require dipping into fund equity.

"One thing that we're going to be very pleased about is this contract will prevent us from having to make cuts next year," Hamilton said.

C&G Newspapers, "Walled Lake ratifies three-year teacher contract," Dec. 5, 2008

Michigan Education Report, "Health insurance: Reformed, but not resolved," Sept. 16, 2008