Toronto schools reach OAPSE pact

TORONTO – The city school board district reached a three-year contract with representatives of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees during Thursday’s board meeting.

The contract discussions with representatives of OAPSE Chapter 688 went well, according to Fred Burns, district superintendent.

“We had an amicable negotiation and signed a three-year labor contract last night. We still have to meet with (representatives for school teachers) in September,” Burns said.

The chapter covers all nonteaching positions inside the district. Burns said they agreed to a 2 percent annual raise and no changes to health care coverage.

“There were some minor changes,” Burns continued. “They gave us a few things, and we gave them a few things.”

In other matters, Katie Long resumed her duties as district nurse, said Burns.

“(Long) came back after being off a year,” said Burns. “She’s ready to go. Katie thanked everyone for their support during the time she was off.”

Burns also said replacement nurse Patti Moorhead was “a godsend” and has volunteered to come back to the school two days a week. She also will substitute in Long’s absence, according to Burns.

Rich Lucci, who resigned last year as director of special programs and transportation, was hired by the board as a part-time employee, Burns said.

“Rich Lucci is back,” he said. “He’ll be working three days a week for the next year with no benefits. He’ll be doing everything he did before, except for transportation. I’ll be in charge of transportation.”

Burns said he’s taking no extra pay for becoming head of transportation, and the move will save the district $50,000.

In other business, the board:

Agreed to install two showers for referees at a cost of $7,800. Doug Quinlan Remodeling of Toronto will be the contractor.

Voted to install extra lighting at the junior/senior high school parking lot at a cost of $2,263, with the funds coming from the school facilities fund. Wood Electric of New Philadelphia will be the contractor.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Karaffa Elementary School library.