Board approves agreements with unions

SALINEVILLE-During the end-of-year meeting of the Southern Local Board of Education, the board approved agreements reached with the Southern Local Teachers Association (SLTA) and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE).

The BOE first passed a negotiated agreement with the SLTA. The agreement included healthcare concessions totaling a 25 percent reduction from the current health plan. This enabled the district to give teachers a 4, 3 and 2 percent raise over three years, according to Superintendent John Wilson.

“Anytime our district can work collaboratively, and devise a plan that saves the district money in healthcare cost, and gives our teaching staff much needed and deserved raises over the course of the contract, it’s a win-win scenario for all stakeholders,” said Wilson.

The board also passed an agreement with OAPSE. The agreement applies to classified staff, such as cafeteria workers, bus drivers and custodians. Similar to the teachers agreement, OAPSE agreed to reductions in their healthcare plan in order to award salary increases in each year of the contract. This will mean raises from 75 to 25 cents for classified employees.

In other business:

*Appropriations for the end of fiscal year 2014 were presented and approved in the amount of $15,133,230.07

* Temporary appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year 2015 were passed in the amount of $10,173,760

* Transfer of $19,567.83 was made to the athletic fund. The 2013-14 budget was exceeded due to poor ticket sales for all sports.