(Juneau) For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, teachers in the Dodgeland School District have started the school year with a contract in place. The school board this week ratified the three-year contract which includes a 3.8% increase for 77 certified employees; that includes teachers, counselors and other staff members. On August 27, the Dodgeland Education Association signed off on the contract. A tentative contract was unanimously approved by the school board this week and after some minor language changes are made the document will be back for a final vote at an upcoming meeting. Superintendent Annette Thompson says it was a wonderful way to start the school year.