EDGARD, La. (AP) — The St. John Association of Educators has signed off on a one-year contract approved last week by the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board.

The Times-Picayune reports ( http://bit.ly/Noxp1L ) that the union gave its approval this week to the agreement, which is virtually identical to the current contract which expires June 30.

The union in May had asked for a five-year renewal of the agreement but some board members resisted, citing the uncertainty of how recently passed state education-reform laws would affect the contract.