Employees in the Augusta School District are starting off the school year with a new contract. The school board unanimously approved agreements Wednesday with teachers, support staff and custodians. The more than 400 employees have been working without contracts for the last year. Interim Superintendent James Anastasio says the new deals will cost the district about 350-thousand dollars in the next two years. Employees will get an increase in their base pay and raises based on experience and credentials. Anastasio says everyone agreed it was important for morale to resolve the contract issue by the time school began.