TWINSBURG — The Twinsburg Board of Education and the Twinsburg Support Staff Association have agreed on a new three-year contract, which is effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.

The school board unanimously approved the contract at its March 4 meeting. The TSSA, represents 108 of the district's 199 classified employees, including the non-certificated staff members who work in theschools and in transportation and maintenance including administrative assistants, mechanics, bus drivers, bus aides, lunchroom/playground assistants, instructional assistants, custodians, janitors, groundskeepers, maintenance, dispatcher, library assistants, district library clerk, hallway monitors, study hall monitors, cooks, and cook managers. The TSSA voted 44-16 on Feb. 25 in favor of the contract.

"I’m pleased that the board was able to reach agreement with TSSA," said board president Mark Curtis. "We value their commitment to our district and appreciate all that their membership does in ensuring our students receive a quality education. Our partnership is critical and we are looking forward to continuing our work in moving our district forward together."

The contract includes a 2.25 percent raise to the base salary component for each of the contract’s three years. It also stipulates that the health care premium contribution for full-time employees who work more than 30 hours per week will increase from 13 percent to 14 percent. This increase aligns to the increase bargained in the last round of negotiations with the Twinsburg Education Association, according to information provided by the district.

"Our teams have worked diligently and given our best efforts to make sure we continue to provide quality education to the children of our district and the staff who serve them," said Waitman Hager, the TSSA president.

Superintendent Kathryn Powers said that the school board and TSSA's negotiating team "diligently worked to reach an agreement which shared a common goal: To negotiate a contract that is fair to all – our classified staff members, the district, the community and our taxpayers."

"Our collegial conversations ultimately enabled us to reach that goal," Powers said. "We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the members of our classified union as we work together to support the students of the Twinsburg City School District."

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC