The Grandview Heights school board June 19 approved a two-year contract with the district's teachers.

The Grandview Heights school board June 19 approved a two-year contract with the district's teachers.

The contact, which was ratified earlier this month by the union, grants teachers no increase in base salary for the 2014-15 school year, Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said.

The starting base salary for the 2014-15 school year will be $39,288, the same as it was this school year, he said.

For the 2015-16 school year, the starting base salary will be $39,877 -- an increase of 1.5 percent, he said.

Those figures are for beginning teachers who hold a bachelor's degree.

Teachers' salaries will increase with the level of education they have achieved and the longer they have been teaching.

The maximum salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree and 15 or more years experience is $72,683 in 2014-15. The maximum amount will increase to $73,772 in 2015-16.

A teacher with a master's degree, 45 credits and one year of experience will earn a $51,074 salary in 2014-15.

The salary is $94,291 for teachers with a master's degree plus 45 credits and 15 years of experience.

For 2015-16, the salary range for teachers with master's degrees and 45 credits ranges from $51,840 for those with one year of experience to a maximum of $95,705 for those employees with 25 or more years of experience.

The board's contribution to teachers' health-insurance premiums will continue to be 80 percent on standard single plans and 70 percent for family coverage in 2014-15.

If premiums increase by more than 12 percent the following school year, the employee and board equally will share the cost of the increase.

Teachers will continue to be required to participate in a high-deductible plan with a health savings account, a provision that was added to the last contract approved two years ago.

"That (provision) saves the district a significant amount of money," O'Reilly said.

Super tribute

The June 19 meeting was O'Reilly's last regular meeting as superintendent.

He will leave the district effective July 31, but after July 1 will assist new Superintendent Andy Culp with his transition and work on other special projects for the district.

Current and former board members paid tribute to O'Reilly during the meeting.

Former board member Kathy Lithgow said choosing O'Reilly to be the district's superintendent "was the best decision we ever made in my 12 years on the board."

O'Reilly brought many good qualities to the position, including integrity, optimism and a strong work ethic, she said.

"it was a wonderful time working with you," former board member Suzanne McLeod said to O'Reilly.

"I truly appreciate who you are and what you brought to the community."

Former board member Ron Cameron noted the board "came very close" to not hiring O'Reilly.

The Ohio School Boards Association gave the district a list of 11 candidates who, "resume-wise," seemed to be a good fit for Grandview's needs, he said.

O'Reilly was the last person included in the roster of candidates the board called in for initial 45-minute interviews, Cameron said.

When he returned for a final two-hour interview, "everyone agreed hands-down he was the person for the job," Cameron said.

Current board Vice President Debbie Brannan thanked O'Reilly for his eight years of service and praised him for his leadership and financial responsibility.

O'Reilly helped to guide the district through uncertain financial times, including a loss of $1.5 million in state revenue, she said.

During his tenure, the district needed to place only one levy on the ballot, Brannan said.

O'Reilly also helped to lead Grandview schools in the effort to increase and enhance the use of technology in the classroom, she said.