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Gahanna-Jefferson board approves teacher contract

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The Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education approved a three-year labor deal with the district’s teachers Oct. 10.

Superintendent Francis Scruci and Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association spokesperson Jenny Palguta called the agreement a fair deal.

The new three-year contract provides a 1.5-percent increase in base salary this year, a 1-percent increase next year and no increase on the base salary for the third year.

“We’re relieved the negotiations seem to be over,” Palguta said, before the vote. “We spent 48 hours at the table alone. We’re very pleased with the outcome. We feel it’s fair and equitable for the community, board and teachers.”

Palguta said the contract incorporates new teacher evaluations required this year under state law.

“It’s not only a lot of work for administrators but all of us,” she said. “It’s a big chunk of our new contract, and we made it a positive part of (the agreement.)”

Scruci said the contract was done in good faith.

“I believe we did bring a contract forward that recognizes the work you do in the classrooms every day,” he said. “We look forward to more great things to come.”

Read the full story in the Oct. 17 edition of ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise.

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