The Marysville Exempted Village School District Board of Education has voted to table an offer by the Marysville Education Association to freeze teachers' salaries for two years and forgo a scheduled 1-percent pay increase.

The Marysville Exempted Village School District Board of Education has voted to table an offer by the Marysville Education Association to freeze teachers' salaries for two years and forgo a scheduled 1-percent pay increase.

The board took the action during its June 27 meeting.

Under the terms of the contract offer, which would extend through 2013, teachers also are agreeing to forgo scheduled step increases.

The Board postponed its voting to allow its members time to discuss the terms and impacts of each measure.

"I move that we table this item until this board has an opportunity to look at the long-term effect of this on our bottom line for our budget and for the overall effect that it's going to have on the district," board president Jeff Mabee said.

"I think that offer is a very generous and an outstanding offer and effort on MEA's part," Mabee added. "Unfortunately, I don't believe this board has had the opportunity to take the time to understand the overall effect of this contract."

The board scheduled a meeting for Friday, July 8 at 6 p.m. to further discuss the contract in executive session. It is expected that the board will vote on the tabled items following executive session.

In other action, the board voted to accept approximately $153,000 of additional reductions and $153,000 of additional fees to assist with balancing the district's budget, including an additional $50 pay-to-participate fee, the reduction of 16 high school and eight middle school coaching/activity positions and the reduction of approximately 30 percent of summer workers.

For more information on this story, see the July 3 edition of ThisWeek Marysville.