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Board changes references to step increases in forecast

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The New Albany-Plain Local school board agreed to change projected salaries and renamed step increases before approving its five-year forecast in a 4-0 vote Oct. 28.

Board member Cheri Lehmann was absent.

Treasurer Rebecca Jenkins said the forecast includes zero salary increases for teachers in fiscal years 2015-18.

It retains a 3.8 percent "salary adjustment" for teachers in fiscal years 2015-18, a line previously listed as a step increase.

District officials and members of the financial review and reporting committee have talked about tying the salary adjustments -- at least partially -- to performance.

Jenkins said the current contract with the Plain Local Education Association, the teachers union, includes 2 percent step increases through fiscal year 2014.

She said the contract states if the district has not negotiated a new agreement by June 30, 2014, the district must return to paying 3.8 percent step increases, which were included in the contract signed prior to June 2011.

The final draft of the forecast approved Oct. 28 estimates a deficit of $3,452,216 at the end of fiscal year 2016, Jenkins said.

Ohio law requires school boards to approve a five-year forecast prior to Oct. 31 each year and update it between April 1 and May 31.

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