Hudson school leadership, OAPSE agree to roll over contract

School board, union also agree on memorandum to provide flexibility in upcoming school year due to COVID-19 pandemic

APRIL HELMS Reporter

HUDSON – The 215 members represented by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 372 will work under the same contract as last year, with added flexibility due to the potential obstacles presented with operating schools in a pandemic.

The Hudson Board of Education has unanimously approved rolling over the contract for OAPSE Local 372, which represents the district’s secretaries, aides in special education, educational, media and tech, custodians/maintenance, and nutrition service workers.

Lisa Hunt, the director of human resources, said the union ratified the contract July 27. The contract includes a 2% raise, and employees pay 16% of the premium if they participate in a wellness program, and 18% if not.

The initial contract, which was first in effect July 1, 2017, had expired June 30.

According to the legislation, the rollover was agreed on because of the difficulty in meeting to work on negotiations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shuttered school buildings last March.

The school board also unanimously passed a memorandum of understanding with OAPSE Local 372, which states that some changes and flexibility will be needed as the district navigates a new school year, which could include a combination of instruction in the buildings and remotely.

One example listed is that members in the union may be reassigned to other job duties at either a higher or lower job classification due to the pandemic. If they are assigned a higher job classification, they will be paid at that classification; if they are assigned a lower job classification, they will keep their current pay.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at ahelms@recordpub.com