The Olentangy school board June 14 unanimously approved a three-year agreement with the Olentangy Teachers Association.

The deal is effective July 1 and runs through June 30, 2021. The association represents 1,315 teachers in the district.

Under the contract, teachers will receive a 2.5 percent annual increase in base salary each year for the next three years. The base salary for classified teaching staff was set at $40,420 for the 2018-19 school year.

Teachers also receive step increases, based on years of experience and as teachers complete levels of education.

The agreement also stipulates insurance coverage and fringe benefits, in addition to classroom size and teaching load. It included “significant changes,” including higher deductibles and increased co-insurance payments, for a savings of about $2 million, said Superintendent Mark Raiff.

Teachers’ sick leave for childbirth has been extended from six weeks to eight. The district also will allow spouses a calendar week of sick time for childbirth and up to 20 days if the mother or infant is unwell or if the mother has to go back to work immediately after that.

The contract was negotiated over four days, Raiff said.

In a news release, teachers association President Elaine Eddy said the agreement demonstrates the district’s commitment to its staff.

“This agreement is a reflection of those partnerships and the effort that has directly resulted in Olentangy consistently being ranked among the best districts in the state,” Eddy said.

The board also approved 2.5 percent salary increases for nonunion classified employees, food-service workers, administrators and the superintendent and treasurer.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 28 in the library at Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Road.

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