The Bexley school board will meet in executive session on Monday, March 30, to begin discussing the district's contract with the Bexley Education Association.

The Bexley school board will meet in executive session on Monday, March 30, to begin discussing the district's contract with the Bexley Education Association.

The current contract ends June 30.

Treasurer Chris Essman said the school district's attorney has been working with the association's attorney to schedule meetings. He expects representatives from the union and school district to begin meeting in April.

The current economic climate might make contract negotiations more difficult this year, Essman said.

"I think it is going to make it harder with the political atmosphere in the country and the economics in the country," he said. "I think it is different everywhere for everyone."

A task force is studying the district's finances, and cuts are possible. The Bexley school district stands to lose revenue under Gov. Ted Strickland's education reform proposals.

Bexley Education Association president Mindy Hall said she expects negotiations with the district to go smoothly. She was unsure how the economy might affect the process.

"We are looking forward to cordial negotiations," Hall said.

The school board approved the Bexley Education Association's current contract in July 2006. That contract gave teachers a 3-percent increase in salaries.

Starting teachers received a 3-percent increase in base salaries: $32,832 for 2006-07, $33,817 for 2007-08 and $34,823 for 2008-09. A deductible was added for health insurance of $250 for an individual and $500 for a family. Prescription drug co-pays increased from $8, $15 and $25 to $10, $20 and $30, depending on the drug.

tstubbs@thisweeknews.com

Hall

Chris

Essman