Boardman teachers, board agree to new pact
By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
The board of education reached an agreement with its teachers union on a three-year contract.
The old pact expired Sunday.
Under the terms of the new agreement, approved Monday night, teachers will receive no increase in base pay the first year. They will receive 1 percent annual increases in each of the final two years of the contract.
Teachers will contribute up to 10 percent toward their health-care premiums over the next three years.
The contract is a positive one for the Boardman schools, said Frank Lazzeri, superintendent.
It will expire June 29, 2017, and is effective immediately. There are approximately 290 teachers in the union.
At the meeting, the board also took the first step to approve placing a 3.9-mill, three-year renewal-levy for emergency purposes to raise more than $3.1 million annually on the Nov. 4 ballot. The board will finalize it at a meeting next month.
“This is the latest levy where we asked for new money,” Lazzeri said. The emergency levy was passed first in November 2012.
Also at the meeting, Kimberly Poma, vice president, acknowledged the death of board member Niklaus Amstutz.
“This is a very appropriate time for us to publicly say how saddened we are by the passing of our fellow board member and friend, Nik Amstutz,” she said.
Amstutz was dedicated to the school district and the community as a whole, Poma added.
Amstutz died June 20 of a heart ailment.