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Board of Education approves contract with CEA

July 3, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At Monday's Canfield Board of Education meeting, the board approved ratifying the negotiated agreement with the Canfield Education Association representing the teachers. The agreement includes raises, paying more for health insurance and spending more time in the classroom.

Superintendent Alex Geordan said the teachers will receive a 1 percent increase on the base in the first year, 1 percent in the second year, and 2 percent in the third year. The teachers will have to pay 10 percent of the health insurance premium as well.

The raises come after a long period of wage freezes.

''They have been frozen for three years,'' Geordan said.

Another issue that was negotiated involved accountability. Geordan said it means more time in the classroom.

''More instructional time has been built into the calendar,'' he said. ''It means less time away from the kids during the day [for accountability].''

He also was pleased with the negotiations and how both sides worked hard to finalize the contract.

''I am very pleased with the professionalism of the teacher's union and the school board,'' he said.

The district is still negotiating contracts with the Ohio Association of Public Service Employees covering the secretaries, aides and custodians, the Teamsters covering mechanics and substitute and van drivers, and the Ohio Education Association covering the bus drivers.

In other business:

* The board approved food contracts with Schwebel Bakery for bread, Smith Dairy Farms for dairy products, and Pizza Hut for pizza.

* The board accepted the resignation of Dana Lariccia, CVMS intervention tutor.

* The board approved contracts for David Mullane as high school assistant principal and Tamara Sabrin as C.H. Campbell kindergarten teacher.

* Transfers were approved for Mary Kowlowski from Hilltop grade four teacher to Hilltop grade one teacher, and Alison Loree from bus aide to special services aide.

* Nelson Rodrigues and Diane Campbell were approved as substitutes.



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