MILLBURY - Lake School District teachers have a little bit more money in their pockets, and a longer school day.
The Lake Education Association and Lake Board of Education agreed to a three-year contract on Thursday, with raises and a 15-minute addition to the school day. It is effective Sept. 1.
Board president Tim Krugh said the salary increases will be 2.75 percent this year, 2.25 percent in 2014 and 1.95 percent in 2015.
He said the 89 Lake teachers have not had a base increase in three years, and did not have a step increase last year. The new raises, Krugh said, average 1.15 percent over the last three years, and the next three years.
"The teachers have done their part," he said.
Lake went through a difficult financial situation last year, before voters approved a 6.75-mill levy. Just before the levy was approved in August, the teachers agreed to a wage freeze, no step raises and an increase in what they pay for benefits. That one-year agreement saved the district $177,000.
Benefits are unchanged in the new contract.
The contract adds 15 minutes to the school day. Superintendent Jim Witt said the time will most likely be added on to the end of the current 7 hour, 15-minute school day. Parents will be informed in the next week about the exact changes to the school day.
"The 15 minutes is going to be used for a specific purpose," Witt said. "It's all kid centered."
Teachers will be using ICE - intervention, challenge, enrichment - to guide students. For example, children who complete assignments but need challenges will be grouped together and guided. Students who are struggling academically can get personal attention from a teacher. And gifted students will also have a special plan, said curriculum coordinator Jodi Takats.
"So we're going to have a handle on it," she said. "It will be a good addition for us."
After the meeting, LEA President Rick Brimmer said the extra 15 minutes has been in the planning stages.
"It's something both sides had been talking about for a number of years," he said.
Treasurer Jeff Carpenter showed a chart with 29 Northwest Ohio school districts and what their teachers are paid.
In 2012, Rossford was No. 2, paying $38,468 for starting teacher with a bachelor's degree, $64,088 for a master's degree and 10 years, $77,975 for a master's degree and 20 and $84,337 for a master's degree and 30. Penta was third, Perrysburg 11th, Bowling Green 20, Elmwood 23, Eastwood 24, Northwood 25, Otsego 26, Lake 27 and North Baltimore 28.
With the raises, in 2014, Lake jumps Otsego and North Baltimore to place 26th. Lake pays its starting teachers $32,391, master's and 10 is $52,839, master's and 20 is $62,793 and master's and 30 is $69,514.
Also at the meeting, the board:
• Heard a presentation from the Lake Athletic Boosters. Margene Akenberger said the group paid off a bank loan of $165,000, which was used to build the track-soccer-concession facility, in three years and nine months. The boosters also put $75,000 down on the building.
• Accepted the resignation of Terry Tansel, business teacher and head golf coach. He is leaving Lake to be assistant principal at Anthony Wayne Middle School, Krugh said. Dorian Boggs will be head golf coach.
• Approved Kelly Soltis' transfer in position from second grade teacher to first grade teacher.
• Went into an executive session to discuss compensation of a public employee, confer with an attorney and prepare for negotiations. After, the board approved a settlement agreement with a special education student and his family.