Four local school districts’ teacher contracts expired Friday, but none of them expect any immediate disruption, as schools are on summer break.
Neither Mad River nor Greenon schools has reached a new deal with its teachers, but school officials said no strike notices have been filed, and teachers and staff are still doing summer work as normal.
Mad River Superintendent Chad Wyen said he expects negotiations to wrap up “in the next couple of weeks,” while Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus said the parties in his district are taking a break from negotiations for a few weeks.
New Lebanon Local Schools has reached a tentative agreement with its teachers, and Superintendent Greg Williams said the teachers union is preparing to vote on whether to ratify it. In the meantime, those few teachers working summer assignments will continue to do so under the terms of the expiring contract.
The most prominent district without a new deal is Dayton Public Schools.
Dayton Education Association president David Romick said DEA teachers will continue to work their summer school assignments and professional development training over the summer, under the terms of the expiring deal.
The union is going to talk to the federal mediator in early July, but it’s not part of formal mediation sessions that made some progress in May. The next formal mediation sessions are not scheduled until early August.
The union has a meeting scheduled for Aug. 1, and Romick said if there’s no deal by then, DEA will take a strike vote at that point, in advance of the Aug. 15 start of the school year.
The Northridge and Bethel school districts also remain in negotiations, but their teachers union contracts do not expire until July 31.
Fourteen other school districts ratified new contracts with their teachers this spring — Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Brookville, Carlisle, Centerville, Covington, Eaton, Fairborn, Kettering, Milton-Union, Piqua, Troy, Valley View and Vandalia-Butler. The other 20 local school districts have contracts that don’t expire until the summer of 2018 or 2019.