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BGSU faculty fights cuts PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:37
Protestors are seen during at BGSU board of trustees meeting. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Dozens of faculty and supporters including students packed the meeting room to express their displeasure at recently announced cuts of 30 non-tenure track faculty with another 10 teachers with terminal contracts also not expecting to return in fall.
The protest was mostly silent except for some boos when visitor Ohio Speaker of the House William Batchelder said that the state was struggling to get its finances set because of the Affordable Care Act. Then he thanked the trustees for "their sacrifices" in working for BGSU, a remark that was met with derisive laughter.
They enthusiastically cheered after the Sheri Wells-Jensen president of the Faculty Senate addressed the board .
Wells-Jensen said that non-tenure track faculty are "on the frontline" of providing a quality education. "They are going beyond the call making a difference for our students," she said.
Faculty, Mazey face off PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 06 December 2013 12:05
File photo. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
As the long Faculty Senate meeting wound to a close Tuesday, President Sheri Wells-Jensen reflected on the conversation that had dominated the proceedings.
"This discussion was a long time coming," she said.
That discussion had Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey, face-to-face, engaging members of the faculty in a courteous, yet contentious debate.
The spark for the conversation was the announcement of the non-renewal of contracts for 30 non-tenure tract full-time faculty members.
But even that number is subject to debate. It does not include faculty members who have one-year terminal contracts.
If those faculty are included, the union maintains, the numbers increase to 40.
"Some very productive people have lost their jobs," said Peter Blass, of the Chemistry Department. "They're very good teachers ... they're what brings people to BGSU ... I can't see how this will not affect the quality of education at BGSU."
"We'll work to make sure that doesn't happen," Mazey said.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 12:08
Walbridge settles suit with former law officer PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:28
WALBRIDGE - A former village police officer who sued the village for defamation of character has settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
At Wednesday's meeting, council voted to pay its insurance company the $10,000 deductible associated with the civil lawsuit, which was settled in mediation. The action was taken after a seven-minute executive session.
"This was the best scenario," said Mayor Ed Kolanko.
He said the action was recommended by Solicitor Brian Ballenger.
"No, I'm not happy with the settlement. But, given the situation, we're trying to clean up issues from previous administrations," Kolanko said after the council meeting. "No, I'm not happy with it."
Aimee Bixler was hired as a part-time officer in January 2008, according to council minutes. She was promoted to full time in February 2009. She resigned in 2010.
Kolanko was on council when Bixler was hired and when she resigned, he confirmed. He has been mayor since January when Dan Wilczynski left.
Perrysburg teachers approve contract PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 06 December 2013 11:54
PERRYSBURG - The teachers union ratified a new contract Thursday night, which may be approved by the school board Monday.
Superintendent Tom Hosler said the deal includes a pay increase, but additional details won't be available until it's approved by both sides.
The roughly 300 employees of the Perrysburg Education Association have been working under an expired contract since August. The Ohio Association of Public School Employees, the union in the district that includes non-teaching staff, recently accepted a new contract with a first-year raise of 1.25 percent and 1 percent in each of the following two years. Pay increases are typically held consistent between the two groups.
Tom Przybylski, president elect of the union, said negotiations were difficult but ultimately worth it.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 13:56
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