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      Saginaw teachers agree to pay cut to reduce costs

      <p> <font size="2">Teachers in Saginaw's public school district have agreed to take an additional 6 percent rollback in pay for the next two years.</font> </p>

      Teachers in Saginaw's public school district have agreed to take an additional 6 percent rollback in pay for the next two years.

      The effort to help the cash-strapped district is in addition to a 3 percent wage rollback that was previously approved.

      Leanne Bauer, teachers' union president, says two-thirds of the Saginaw Education Association's 400 members voted to accept a new contract on Monday. The contract is part of the district's deficit-elimination plan, which is awaiting approval by the Michigan Department of Education.

      The district has a projected $7 million deficit for the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

      School board member Delena Spates-Allen says the teachers are helping to save the district. She says: "We need to stick together."

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