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.
"It was very well accepted by the teachers," Przybylski said of the pact, which required a simple majority to be affirmed by the union.
While basic framework is provided by the state, plenty of details had to be worked out, including the above terms and how the state's new teacher evaluation system will be applied. 
Przybylski said a positive of the lengthy talks was that by the time a deal was struck, a bill was introduced in the state legislature that gives districts more flexibility in applying the student-testing component to teacher evaluations. Specifically, Senate Bill 229, which was sponsored by State Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) and now heads to the Ohio House of Representatives, would allow districts to reduce the value-added measure of their students from 50 to 35 percent of a teacher's evaluation.
"I think the board and the association, we have a lot of the same priorities and sometimes we just don't see eye to eye. But we had a longer day (of negotiations) last time and were able to see closer on those things.
"I'm pleased that our teachers are pretty happy with it, and I'm hoping the board will be too," Przybylski said of the contract.
Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler, who testified in Columbus in support of that bill, said the fact that neither side got everything it wanted is a sign of effective negotiations.
"I think anytime you have a settlement when you're not in love with it and they're not in love with it, that's a sign that it's the best deal you can broker."
The district will soon move to negotiating contracts for about 16 administrators, as well as deals for Hosler and Treasurer Matt Feasel.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 13:56

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