LAST WEEK: Springboro schools, unions reach tentative agreements
A statement from the school district said the new contracts will give teachers a 2 percent raise each of the next two years, while classified staff (secretaries, bus drivers, aides and others) will get 2.25 percent raises those years.
Marla Bell, the Ohio Education Association representative for both Springboro unions, confirmed those raises and said members’ step-raise eligibility, based on levels of seniority and education, will remain the same.
JULY 19: Schroer gets new contract; one board member opposes
On health insurance, Springboro City Schools will pay 80 percent of employees’ premiums and 50 percent of the deductible (a slight increase from 45 percent, according to Bell). Salary and health insurance changes for the third year, 2020-21, will be subject to a “reopener” of negotiations.
“This agreement will allow all sides to place full attention on what matters most in our district: educating and serving our more than 6,000 students, their families, and the Springboro community,” Superintendent Dan Schroer said in a statement.
EDUCATION: State program provides free classes through libraries
Bell said the agreement nailed down some important things on teacher planning time and protected family health insurance plans. And it was important to get the deal wrapped up now.
“Psychologically, for any teacher or classified employee, when we don’t have negotiations resolved, it weighs heavy on their minds,” Bell said. “To start the school year with all of this resolved and their salaries intact for the next two years, it provides some protection so they can focus 100 percent on the kids.”
EDUCATION: Photos and bios of the area’s top high school grads from 2018