Board OKs pay raises, treasurer's resignation
The Marysville Board of Education approved a new contract with the teachers union, OK'd pay raises for administrators and classified staff members, and accepted the resignation of the district treasurer at its Aug. 15 meeting.
The contract with teachers includes a combination of salary increases and step increases based on seniority over the next three years.
The agreement with the Marysville Education Association calls for a step increase and a 1-percent salary increase for 2013-14, and no step plus a 2-percent salary increase for the 2014-15 school year. Any increases during the third year will be discussed at that time.
The district previously paid 4.75 percent of the teachers' retirement but that is now moved into their salaries.
"It allows us to give a true reflection of what our teachers make instead of embedding it into the retirement cost," Superintendent Diane Mankins said.
The pay increase comes after a two-year voluntary salary freeze for teachers.
Board President Jeff Mabee said negotiations were lengthy but good.
"I think this is a very fair contract," he said. "It's one of those where no one got everything they wanted. I think everybody got something they wanted."
Classified employees also have been in a salary freeze and will receive an increase soon, Mabee said.
In the 2013-14 school year, the classified staff will get a step increase and a 1-percent salary increase. They also will receive a 2-percent increase in the 2014-15 school year.
"They were on a salary freeze; it wasn't necessarily a voluntarily one," Mabee said. "It's nice to give back to them."
The district also previously paid into those retirement funds, but that will now be included in their salaries as well.
Transportation employees are not a part of the classified staff increases because the district still is in negotiations with the bus drivers union.
The board also approved a salary increase for administrators of 1.5-percent for the 2013-14 school year and removal of a furlough day that previously was part of a reduction plan. Administrators will go to a performance-based pay for the 2014-15 school year. New administrators hired for the 2013-14 school year are not included in the increase and already are on performance-based pay.
"The administrative team has done a lot with less with the reductions," Mankins said. "They are a great group of people who have done quite a bit."
Mabee expressed pleasure at wrapping up negotiations with the MEA after a rough year.
"Given where we were eight months ago, we're standing in the doorway to greatness. The potential for this district is incredible," he said.
The board also approved the retirement of district Treasurer Cindy Ritter, effective Dec. 31, 2013.
Ritter called the move "bittersweet" but said she is ready to move on to the next phase of her life.
"I love this community and I'll continue to be a supporter of our great schools," she said.
The board approved a contract with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio to begin the search for Ritter's replacement immediately. The contract is a targeted one, which means the service center will actively seek out candidates for the position. The contract would typically cost $9,000, but because the district is a center member, that was reduced to $4,500.
The board hopes to have someone selected for the treasurer position by the November board meeting.