The MTA was formally recognized by the Board of Education in 1968. The contract was effective for 1 year. The MTA had 144 members. The base salary for a step 1 teacher with a Bachelor's degree was $6,500. Step 1 Masters was $7,000. An extra $50 was added to step pay per 5 credit hours earned. Increment was $250. Health insurance was through Blue Cross and Blue Shield and was paid in full by the district.