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One-year extension, raises for Olentangy teachers

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Olentangy teachers will get a 2 percent raise for the 2015-16 school year under a one-year contract extension approved by the Olentangy school board.

The board voted 3-0 to approve the new pact at its July 9 meeting, with board member Adam White absent and recently appointed board member Roger Bartz abstaining. The 2 percent raise is the only change from the three-year deal agreed upon by the board and the Olentangy Teachers Association in May 2012. That contract offered teachers a 1 percent raise in 2012-13 and 0.5 percent raises in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Olentangy officials said that contract also saved the district millions of dollars by raising employee contributions toward health insurance.

Board President Kevin O’Brien said the district wanted to see how its continuing efforts to secure more per-pupil funding from the state turned out before it signed a long-term deal with the union.

If state funding to the district increases in the next two years, he said the district likely could avoid seeking a new operating levy in the near future.

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