Negotiating teams from the Westerville Education Association (WEA) and the Westerville City School District have agreed on a tentative contract that will now go before the district's teachers for a vote.

Negotiating teams from the Westerville Education Association (WEA) and the Westerville City School District have agreed on a tentative contract that will now go before the district's teachers for a vote.

District spokesman Greg Viebranz said the agreement was reached after a seven-hour negotiating session Tuesday night.

The WEA has scheduled a meeting for Monday afternoon, during which teachers will be provided with the details of the contract and take a vote to ratify it, WEA president Chris Williams said.

"Our hope is that we'll have a large enough window of time that people will be able to get all of the information and ratify on site," Williams said. "Our tradition here is that the board meets right after that."

Williams said he hopes the negotiating team has come up with a contract the union can stand behind, but after such long, contentious talks, he said it's hard to tell how the proposal will be received.

"In the past, we've approved things with really high numbers," he said. "This time, I can't really guess what those numbers will be."

Williams would not provide an opinion on the contract, saying the union prefers to present the unbiased facts to members and allow them to vote on whether they believe the contract should be approved.

The contract does come with a recommendation for approval from the union's bargaining team, he said.

Viebranz said because some of the specific language that will be included in the contract still is being written, the district cannot yet release the tentative contract's content.

"We can't release any details at this point. There's still language that needs to be written and finalized," he said. "Once that's complete, then we'll be in a position where we can release official documentation."

Viebranz said the district is working now to call a special board meeting to allow for a vote on the contract, if it's ratified by the union, before the board's scheduled Oct. 11 meeting. A time and date for that special meeting have not yet been set.

"If the vote out of the WEA is positive, the next step will be for the board of education to vote," Viebranz said.

The WEA has been working without an approved contract since the last contract expired Aug. 31. Contracts with Westerville's other four unions expired June 30.