M.A. Ferguson-Rich

The Board of Education has approved a two-year contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) Local 372 this week.  Effective as of July 1, the contract will run until July of 2014.

Assistant Superintendent Phillip Herman says the several hundred support personnel included in the agreement – including custodians, secretaries, and classroom aides -- will not receive any across-the-board wage increases over the next two years.
Step increases based on years of employment will still be paid.
"There is no overall increase in costs to the district," Herman said, and thanked the employees for their willingness to help the district pare down expenses.
Starting September 1, health-care premiums will rise to 15 percent from 10 percent.  Those employees not eligible to receive a step increase will be granted a $325.00 stipend, each year of the contract, to offset the increased costs of health coverage.
Herman said this contract is comparable to the agreement entered into with teachers last June. Teachers' health premiums have also increased to 15 percent, and there was no general wage increase.
Under the new OAPSE agreement, veteran's who were honorably discharged will receive an additional holiday.