The Mars Area School District and its teachers have a new contract.
The school board and the Mars Area Education Association approved the two-year contract tonight.
The two-year contract provides raises for the teachers, but requires them to contribute toward health insurance premiums and pay higher deductibles.
Salaries will increase by 3 percent in 2012-13 and by 4.4 percent in 2013-14. Teachers took a pay freeze in 2011-12.
Deductibles will rise to $600 for an individual and $1,200 for a family, up from $250 for an individual or $500 for a family.
Both the teachers and district Solicitor Tom King noted that those deductibles were the highest among Butler County schools.
Board President J. Dayle Ferguson said that the contract was "based on mutual compromise" that provided the district with "much-needed budget stability."