Grove City Record

Board approves contracts with administrators, support staff

Members of the two unions will get 2 percent raises each of the next three years


The South-Western Board of Education Monday approved new three-year agreements with the district's administrators and classified support staff that will give each group 2 percent pay increases each year.

Under the agreement with the South-Western Administrators Association, administrators' evaluations will now be conducted according to the Ohio Principals Evaluation System Model Framework in addition to district policy. Student growth measures count for 50 percent of a principal's evaluation under the model framework.

The contract also includes a new provision that contracts will be suspended based on performance evaluations, not seniority, for reduction in force and displacement purposes.

When administrators have similar evaluations, preference will be given to those with greater seniority.

Effective with the 2014-2015 school year, administrators will have to work longer in the district to qualify for the retirement incentive.

The agreement provides the district with an opportunity to implement a system "that rewards administrators' experience and results," said board President Randy Reisling, who served on the board's negotiating team.

The contract with the Ohio Association of Public Schools Employees Local 211, which represents about 900 support staff, increases employees' eligibility requirements for insurance participation.

Employees hired after Sept. 1 will have to work a minimum of 30 hours per week to be eligible to participate and receive benefits from the district's insurance plans.

The probationary period for new employees will increase to 180 days, during which the employee can be terminated at any time.

The agreement also creates an OAPSE staff training budget for the maintenance of certification/licensure and improvement of job-related skills and outlines a disciplinary process for reprimands, suspensions and termination.

The negotiations with OAPSE Local 211, which begin in the spring, were marked by a spirit of compromise and respect from both sides, said board member Mindy Garverick, who served on the board's negotiating team.

The OAPSE members approved the contract Saturday, Sept. 7. The agreement goes into effect immediately.

Both the SWAA and OAPSE contracts will expire June 30, 2016.


Value-added 'A'

In other business, the board learned South-Western students' academic gains were ranked third in the state for the 2012-13 school year.

Students' academic gains are measured by the value-added rating on the state report card.

South-Western earned an overall A grade for value-added on the report card, indicating the district added significantly more than a full-year's growth to its students over the school year.

Only the Lakota Local and Hilliard City school districts finished above South-Western in the value-added ranking.

Last year, the district ranked fourth in the state.

"This ranking is probably what we put our greatest (focus on) because this is how we measure how our students are performing year to year," Reisling said. "We're able to see how much value we are adding to their education."