Westerville teachers, board plan vote on contract
Westerville teachers and the Westerville City School District have come to a tentative contract agreement, and votes on both side of the agreement are planned for tonight.
The Westerville Education Association (WEA), which represents the district’s teachers, plans a vote from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight.
The Westerville board of education had a regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. and, after the conclusion of the regular meeting, will go into executive session to discuss negotiation, then recess until the WEA vote is released, said district spokesman Greg Viebranz.
According to the district, the three-year contract would begin Sept. 1 and expire Aug. 31, 2015.
If approved, teachers will see a complete salary freeze for the first two years of the agreement, receiving no cost-of-living increases or step increases, which are automatic pay increases based on years of experience or advanced education.
Teachers would see a 2-percent cost-of-living adjustment in the third year and would be credited for one and a half years of experience on the step schedule.
Also under the new agreement, WEA members would pay 75 percent of their health-savings account contributions for the first year of the contract and will fund all of those contributions in the second and third year of the contracts.
The district currently pays 50 percent of those contributions.
The contract also calls for the retention of related-arts teachers and aides to allow teacher planning time. The district will be able to retain more art, music and physical-education teachers and aides because of district austerity measures and the elimination of the district’s health savings accounts contributions.
To address new state requirements, the contract dictates that teacher evaluations will incorporate the use of value‐added data and that future reductions in force will be determined by teacher evaluations rather than seniority.