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Teachers in the South Kitsap School District voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve a new 3-year contract and avert a strike.

The South Kitsap Education Association said 96 percent of the 407 members who attended the meeting voted yes.

A key issue for the union was class sizes. Under the new contract, secondary class size will be reduced by two students in the first semester and by an additional student in the second semester. Class size will be reduced by one more student in 2015.

Elementary classes that are split between two grades will be reduced in size over the next three years. Elementary school classes will also be lowered by one student next year.

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