Members of the Reynoldsburg teachers' union on Sept. 27 agreed to a tentative contract with the Reynoldsburg Board of Education.

Members of the Reynoldsburg teachers' union on Sept. 27 agreed to a tentative contract with the Reynoldsburg Board of Education.

Reynoldsburg Education Association president David Schottner reported that 234 REA members approved of the offer (87.3 percent), while 34 rejected it (12.7 percent).

"There was some good feedback and not so good feedback, but we came together and answered questions and agreed that this was a good contract for the whole bargaining unit," Schottner said.

"I truly feel it was a good arrangement for everybody involved - the teachers, the administration and the community and the taxpayers," he said.

Details of the contract won't be released until the Reynoldsburg school board votes on it.

Assistant Superintendent Dan Hoffman said the board has 30 days to take action on the contract, which he said means members could either wait until their next regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 18 or schedule a special meeting before then.

"We're very pleased they approved the tentative agreement and we think it's a fair and modest settlement for both teachers and taxpayers," Hoffman said.

"It's a different day. It's not the same negotiations that we knew 10 or 15 years ago," Hoffman said. "The combination of the economy and school finances are dramatically different in Ohio and the country.

"What teachers used to expect and get are different than what teachers can expect and get now," he said.

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