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Talks continue between Youngstown teachers and district



Published: Thu, August 8, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

SEE ALSO: • Youngstown district addresses loss of federal money

• Campbell teachers begin academic year with new contracts

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By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

Youngstown

A federal mediator has been involved with contract talks between the city school district and the union representing its teachers.

The Youngs- town Education Association, the roughly 400-member teachers union, this week voted to authorize its negotiating team to issue a 10-day notice of intent to strike if necessary.

But negotiations continue, including a session Wednesday.

“I’m optimistic that we’ll work it out,” said Superintendent Connie Hathorn.

The previous teachers’ contract expired June 30.

Beginning teachers earn $29,885 while senior teachers, or those with 24 years of service and a doctorate, earn about $66,000 annually. The average teacher salary is $53,355.

The last three-year contract provided 1 percent pay increases each year. That followed four years of freezes on base pay.

For health insurance, teachers pay 1.225 percent of their salary for family or 0.65 percent of their salary for single coverage.

Tim Kinkead, a YEA spokesman, said the stumbling blocks to a new contract are economic issues including salary and health insurance.

Karen Green, assistant superintendent for human resources, said both sides would set up a schedule for talks. She said the federal mediator has been involved for at least two sessions.

With the Youngstown City School Academic Distress Commission in place, there are few issues to negotiate. Late last year, the academic distress commission, which already oversaw district academics, took over budget authority for the city schools because of a projected $1.5 million deficit.


Comments

1SAVEOURCOUNTRY(467 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Denise,
Where is the 48 million deficit this newspaper has printed many times in the past? The district is 17 million in the black and that is a fact Jack!
The board of education over the past 20 years have not spent taxpayer money with any smarts. Start today, give the hardest working educators a small raise say like 3 percent. You will have well of 13 or 14 million to waste as they usually do!

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2gdog4766(1407 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

People want their children educated, they just don't want to pay for it. Seniors who used it to educate their kids, now don't want to pay for it. They are like those slimy tea party idiots. If you watch their rallies it's mainly composed of older people. And as their delusional speakers demand big cuts to Social Security and Medicare they cheer and hold up their moronic signs. But if you listen you find they are only calling for these cuts on future beneficiaries not themselves. That's what's going on here they used the system now they don't want to pay for it.

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3Realist(62 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

You must a teacher Country.

Great theory, you have money.....spend it. Do you run your household that way?

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4zz3(921 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

pay them at least what you pay prison officials!! Their job has become very similar if not more dangerous. Gdog where the heck do you live. Your in Thugstown, most of these kids and their parent can give a rats a@# about school. The old blame game keeps on tickin, think up a new one people have caught on!!

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5DwightK(1236 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

If teachers need more money, get a summer job. The rest of us work year round. They can too. There's not a thing tin the world keeping teachers from working a full time time job and being paid full time wages.

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6Realist(62 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I never get upset about how much teachers make until they say they don't make enough. $53k/year divided by 180 teaching days = $295/day.... That's not including retirement contributions and medical packages given by the school district.

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7Knightcap(682 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Some idiots at the public trough just think they are entitled to more and more taxpayers money without picking their head up out of their fannie mae. Taxpayers money to them is like the AYCE at the Golden Corral.

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8Realist(62 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

A great idea Mr. Right, AND how would a pay reduction help the school district?

How would that help the students be better academically?

School districts can only do so much without the help of the parents at home, instilling hard work, respect and dedication into their children (which isn't happening). If the kid wants to learn they will and if they don't want to learn there is NOTHING that the best teacher (from anywhere) can do.

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9southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

@mrrightsometimes:

Performance pay based on grades is a proven way to inflate scores without learning.

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10SAVEOURCOUNTRY(467 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Realist,
No I am not to answer your question. I just know the history of the youngstown city schools over the last twenty years. The management of the Youngstown city schools can and will spend money for anything and everything. They never stink with a reform effort more than two years. Then the blame is placed on the teachers. I pay taxes that support this district. I want my money on the teachers, not board members to fly to San Diego for a conference about poor kids. We know the city has the most per capita poverty rate in the state.

It's cases like this plus many more why money needs to be spent on the teachers, not foolish actives they currently do. Besides school districts are non profit, they have to spend the dollars they collect or the state will get the money back. So support the local economy by paying the teachers a few pennies more, not sending board members on vacation

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