(Butler County)--Lakota Schools has approved a new teacher's union contract that includes the first raise for teachers in four years.  

Teachers will receive an increase of $2,200 for 2014-15. Future increases will be based on job performance. The deal will also see more help from the district in the form of greater contributions to health insurance.

Lakota says the moves were needed to stay competitive and attract the best teachers.

The new deal goes into effect July 1st and lasts through June 30th, 2017.