Collective-bargaining agreements were approved by the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education on May 17.

Terms of the agreement include no increase in base pay for the 2018-19 school year and increased premium contributions and deductibles for all employees for health care.

Jenny Palguta, president of the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association, said district teachers voted 267 to 39 to ratify the one-year contract May 8. She said the association has 560 members.

The Ohio Association of Public School Employees, comprising the district’s bus drivers, ratified the agreement May 7 but didn’t provide the vote tally.

“We know the district is under tough financial times,” said Larry Whatley, OAPSE president. “We are glad we could come together and establish an agreement that will help the district long term.”

Superintendent Steve Barrett said the district is grateful for the collaboration with and partnership of both unions.

“This has resulted in a shared commitment that will help the board close the gap on the district’s fiscal challenges and stabilize our finances,” he said.

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