Lake staff has new contract - for month PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 17 May 2013 10:22
MILLBURY — Lake School District’s classified employees have a new contract — for a month.
At Wednesday’s meeting, the board of education approved the agreement with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 355, effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.
After the meeting, Superintendent Jim Witt said the 57 playground monitors, custodians, secretaries and bus drivers had been working without a contract for a year. He blamed the delay on the official approval of attorneys and proofreading.
Witt said negotiations haven’t started with OAPSE on the new contract. The board just started talking with the Lake Education Association about their contract; the current one with teachers expires June 30.
Treasurer Jeff Carpenter said the OAPSE contract approved on Wednesday mirrors the current teachers’ contract in that there are no step or base pay increases.
The LEA’s last contract was announced in August, just days before voters approved a 6.75-mill levy. It was estimated to have saved the district $177,000 annually.
In other business, the board approved a service agreement between the school district and the Wood County Educational Service Center for several services. They include autistic classroom with aides, emotionally disturbed classroom program, physical therapy, preschool special needs and speech language.
The board approved a separate agreement with ESC for bus mechanic and intervention specialist.
Also at the meeting, the board:
• Heard Witt say he has received several questions about why the public isn’t being better informed about an expansion to the high school. Witt said there have been no bids or firm dates established for the $300,000 to $400,000, 10,000-square-foot expansion on the second floor.
• Approved continuing contracts for teachers Katie Larson, Heather Wagner and Sally Lohmann.
• Approved a May update to the five-year financial forecast. Carpenter said that legislators are debating the 2014-15 budget, with Gov. John Kasich’s proposal being favorable to Lake and the House version unfavorable. Using the conservative House numbers, the Lake budget increases 0.9 percent in 2014 and 6 percent in 2015. “This is disappointing, given that this level of funding in 2015 would put the district at the same level it received in 2002. In other words, no increase in state funding in 13 years, while our student population has remained constant,” Carpenter wrote in his report.
• Accepted these donations: A studio piano valued at $2,000 from Peggy Berguer, $250 toward hygiene items from the Wal-Mart Foundation, $100 for quiz bowl trip from Jennifer Perry-Baum, 30 books valued at $350 from Duane and Traci Lender and $20 for John Hughes Memorial from Hector Ramirez.
• Went into executive session to discuss negotiations. No action was taken.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 10:24

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