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Board ratifies contract, deals with calamity days

April 10, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Poland Board of Education ratified a three year contract with the Poland Education Association last week. The contract gives teachers a small pay raise each year while requiring them to pay more for health insurance.

''The board is sensitive to the last few levy attempts and wants to be good stewards of tax payer money,'' said Superintendent David Janofa. ''That is important.''

The Poland Education Association representing teachers had voted down a proposal in December and had been working without a contract since Sept. 1 last year. Prior to the negotiations, teachers had been working under a two-year wage freeze.

The recent approved contract will have teachers receiving one half of one percent raise for a half year, three-quarters of one percent raise the second year, and one half of one percent raise in the third year.

In addition, teachers will pay 10 percent more for health care effective July 1. The health care plan will see some changes such as higher deductibles.

Janofa said there was also some language issues addressed in the contract, but he felt the contract is a fair one and he said he appreciates the teachers understanding.

''I think the membership knows these are challenging times financially for the school district,'' he said.

The board also adopted a revised calendar for this school year following Gov. John Kasich signing calamity day legislation at the end of March. Among the changes to the Poland calendar are the removal of a waiver day. May 12 was scheduled as a waiver day, but will now be one of the make-up days for students and staff.

June 11 and 12 will be regular school days for all staff and students. June 12 will be the last day of school except McKinley students. McKinley had an extra day off this winter when the heating pipes burst. McKinley students will have to extend their school year to include June 13.

Seniors are exempt from the extended days and will continue to hold commencement June 8. Janofa said this will be the new schedule for this school year as long as no more surprises arise.

''Please understand the schedule outlined [here] will be modified again if we should happen to have another calamity day for whatever reason,'' he said.



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