Reynoldsburg teachers “disappointed in the (contract) proposal” offered by the district plan to demonstrate outside the district administration building, 7244 E. Main St., on Thursday, June 26.
Reynoldsburg Education Association spokeswoman Gina Daniels said teachers will be on site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A bargaining session is scheduled that day between the district and the REA.
Daniels said teachers want to show “support and solidarity for our teachers and bargaining team.”
“So far, we are disappointed in the proposal the board has offered and as a group, we are standing up for what we know is best for our schools, students and teachers,” she said.
“REA wants to show that we support a fair contract that benefits the students, teachers and community.”
She said teachers have sacrificed financially and made concessions in the recent past, yet remain “committed to excellence.”
“Reynoldsburg teachers care about our students and want a structure that will put students at the center of any reform,” she said.
Daniels said Ohio Education Association (OEA) President Becky Higgans will be on hand to support teachers during the protest.
The current contract between the union and the Reynoldsburg school district expires July 31.
The district’s proposal includes eliminating step increases and eliminating the group health insurance plan in favor of cash payments that REA members could use to buy their own health insurance policies.
The district has posted a question-answer forum about the proposed new contract online at reyn.org/FAQ.aspx.