George W. Davis

GREEN: After four months of negotiations, Green school teachers have a new three-year contract.

The deal was approved this week, on the same night the Green Board of Education heard Treasurer Eydie Snowberger present the state-mandated, five-year financial forecast. It showed the district will remain financially sound through the 2016-17 school year.

Saying little has changed since the May forecast, Snowberger is predicting the district will begin fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016) about $2.2 million in the black. However, fiscal year 2018 is forecast to be $383,528 in the red, increasing to more than $4.4 million the following year.

A levy renewal is expected on the ballot in 2016 to address the projected shortfall, Superintendent Jeffrey L. Miller II said.

The district’s 248-member Green Education Association — without a contract since July 1 — approved a tentative agreement last week. The school board agreed unanimously Monday night to accept the proposal, which provides raises of 2 percent in the first and third years and 1 percent next year.

Teachers will see their contributions for insurance benefits increase from 1 percent to 10 percent by the third year, Miller said.

Also granted 2 percent increases were cafeteria managers, maintenance workers, bus mechanics, administrators, superintendent, treasurer, superintendent secretary, faculty supervisors and transportation and food service supervisors.

The 140 members of the Green Local Association of School Support have reached a tentative agreement, but no date has been set for a vote.

Miller urged parents to attend the “Hidden in Plain Sight” program being brought by Bath and Copley police and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in Green High School’s commons.

The program is designed to help parents and neighbors better understand what they should look for in a child’s bedroom that could signal illicit drug or alcohol activity.

No children or students will be permitted to attend, Miller said.

George W. Davis can be reached at mediaman@sssnet.com.