The Reynoldsburg Board of Education turned down an offer last week from the teachers union to reduce the teachers' negotiated salary increase from 3 percent to 1.5 percent for the 2009-2010 school year.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education turned down an offer last week from the teachers union to reduce the teachers' negotiated salary increase from 3 percent to 1.5 percent for the 2009-2010 school year.

The offer from the Reynoldsburg Education Association was presented for a vote at the board's April 21 meeting. It would have saved the district $440,000 but no one seconded board member Andrew Swope's motion to accept the resolution that would have authorized it.

Board member Jim Slonaker said he didn't second the motion because he didn't think the teachers offered enough.

"It's the way our economy is today I personally took a pay freeze at work, my wife is taking a pay freeze and we'll be taking a pay reduction, and I think they (the REA) could have done more," Slonaker said.

Member Mary Burcham said she did not second the motion because she didn't believe the REA offer was a concession.

"I am surprised at the board's decision, and I think the board would be better at explaining how they came to the decision that they did," said REA president David North.

"At this point, our membership will continue supporting the levy campaign effort headed by Daryl Albrecht, which is doing a great job, and we'll support that effort in any way that we can," North said.

Board President Cheryl Max said by law, the board cannot freeze the teachers' salary schedule because of the current contract agreement.

"The REA still has one year left on their contract so they either vote to give it back or we just leave it where it is because we don't have any control over that," Max said.

Board member Chip Martin could not have made a motion on the resolution and would have had to abstain from voting on it because his wife is a teacher in the school district and a member of the REA.

Had the board approved the offer last week, "It would gone into effect for new salary schedules, but with one motion being made, it died with lack of a second," treasurer Mitch Biederman said. "The current salary schedule that exists for next school year has already been approved and the negotiated agreement will be in place," he said.