The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has reached a tentative agreement with its occasional teachers after several weeks of bargaining, the board announced today.

Although terms of the agreement will not be available until after ratification, board Chair Barbara Holland said it's both equitable and reasonable.

"We believe this is a fair deal that is fiscally responsible for our ratepayers and makes certain that the best occasional teachers will be in front of our students," she said in a news release.

The agreement was reached with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, which represents 371 occasional teachers with the board. Employees will vote on whether to accept the deal at a ratification meeting at a yet-to-be determined date, the board said.

Contract negotiations between the board and its full-time elementary and secondary teachers are ongoing.

While the union and province agreed to a deal at the central bargaining table last September, which covered all of the province-wide issues such as wages, benefits and more, district school boards still needed to negotiate the local portions of those contracts. That's where the local board and teachers' unions are now.

The board is also negotiating with CUPE Locals 1358.1 and 1358.2 and Unifor Local 2458. Those locals represent  custodians, administrative assistants, cafeteria employees, education assistants, interpreters, social workers and more.