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Groveport district OKs 1-year pact with workers

OAPSE Local 312 members will get step increases based on years of employment but no base pay changes

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Custodians, secretaries, maintenance workers and food service employees in the Groveport Madison Local School District will receive "slight step increases" but no changes to base salaries or health insurance benefits under the terms of a one-year contract the board of education approved Nov. 8.

The agreement with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 312 is retroactive to July 1 and will run through June 30, 2013.

The union represents 103 district employees.

Treasurer Anthony Swartz said the step increases will be awarded based on how long each employee has been with the district.

In terms of health insurance, employees will not see any difference in benefits, he said. Currently, the district pays for 85 percent of the coverage and employees contribute 15 percent.

A family plan costs the district about $1,269 per month and employees about $224. Single coverage runs approximately $516 per month for the district and $91 per month for employees.

In other financial matters, Swartz said the district won't receive as much as it anticipated from casino tax revenue because revenue for the new gambling venues in Toledo and Cleveland are way below earlier projections.

Originally, Swartz said, the school district expected to receive about $21 per student in fiscal year 2012-13 from casino tax revenues and $71 per student in fiscal year 2013-14.

He told the board last week a safer calculation for per-pupil income from the gaming establishments is $19 for FY 2012-13 and $50 for FY 2013-14.

Using those figures, projected revenue for the district of 5,723 students would be $108,737 for FY 2012-13 and $286,150 for FY 2013-14.

"The big picture is that casino revenue is not going to save school districts. Last year, our budget was $80 million; $108,000 hardly puts a dent in anything," Swartz said.

Also on Nov. 8, the school board also approved a settlement with Jostens in a dispute that has been going on for many years over the amount the company is owed for yearbooks.

Under terms of the agreement, the company will be paid $13,000.

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