CUYAHOGA FALLS — The members of the Woodridge Education Association have a new contract that provides three-year raises in the first two of its three years, and two additional records days.
The Woodridge School Board approved 4-0 the three-year contract with the teacher's union at its Oct. 15 meeting. Board President Jeffrey McHugh was not at the meeting.
Superintendent Walter Davis said that he "would like to complement both teams" for their work on "a fair contract."
"The budgetary items in this contract are made possible with little additional cost to the Board due to a switch in insurance plan networks and employee health care concessions," Davis said. "With the insurance network change, the district is realizing a decrease in projected insurance costs of nearly 17.5 percent. Employees will see salary increases of 3 percent, 3 percent, and 0 percent respectively over the three years of the agreement made possible through a portion of the savings realized through the revision of our insurance plans. This new contract comes after the Board and the Association had implemented a one year roll over and wage freeze during the 2018-19 school year."
Davis said the district recently switched to the Summit Regional Healthcare Consortium, which "brought us lower rates and significant savings."
The contract also calls for two more records days for the teachers, Davis said.
"Now there will be a records day at the end of each quarter," Davis said.
The new records day added for the 2019-20 school year is March 13. Two days, Oct. 16 and March 12, will be additional records days in the 2020-21 school year.
Kelly Sasavicz, a small group instructor at Woodridge High School and the president of the WEA, said she was "very happy to have come to an agreement with the Board of Education." "We appreciate the hard work of our negotiation team along with the support of our superintendent," Sasavicz said. "We look forward to continuing the high standard of education here at Woodridge Local School District."
The WEA, which has 139 members, ratified the contract Oct. 3, Sasavicz said.
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