BL teachers get two-year contract

EAST LIVERPOOL — A two-year contract was approved for 150 Beaver Local teachers during a special meeting Saturday of the school board, despite three members abstaining from the vote.

The contract had been voted on during a June 12 meeting, when a 1-1 tie occurred, with board member Bill Croxall casting the only vote in favor, member Patrick Clutter opposed and members Lance Shultz and Jerry Barnett and President Greg Eisenhart abstaining.

Without giving a reason, Clutter changed his no vote Saturday and supported the agreement, along with Croxall, with the same three members abstaining due to family members being governed by the contract.

A brief executive session preceded action on the contract, which grants a 1 percent salary increase each of the two years.

With both sides working together to help the district, according to Superintendent Eric Lowe, the contract also includes a provision for teachers to pay 1 percent more in premiums for their health insurance.

With the new contract, the district will provide insurance for hospitalization, prescriptions, dental and vision, toward which employees who work 30 or more hours per week will now contribute 9 percent instead of 8 percent. Part-time employees who work 30 hours or less have the option to purchase the insurance at their cost.

This concession on insurance premiums will actually offset any increase in cost from the raises and save the district $29,000 annually, Lowe said.

Other changes in the contract included an adjustment in severance pay and capping sick days at 285 over a career, compared to no cap in accumulated sick days in the past.