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Nate Cook, band director at Benton Harbor High School, works with students during rehearsal Friday afternoon.

BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor teachers are expected to receive long overdue pay increases starting in January, Superintendent Andrae Townsel told board trustees earlier this week.

“Our teachers deserve this,” Townsel said.

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Nate Cook, band director at Benton Harbor High School, is among teachers in the district who are expected to receive a pay increase in January.

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Teachers at Benton Harbor High School and schools across the district are expected to receive back pay.

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Students rehearse under the direction of Nate Cook on Friday afternoon at Benton Harbor High School.

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