During a special meeting Oct. 27, the Reynoldsburg Board of Education unanimously approved a contract with the Reynoldsburg Education Association. The teachers union approved the proposal Sept. 27.

During a special meeting Oct. 27, the Reynoldsburg Board of Education unanimously approved a contract with the Reynoldsburg Education Association. The teachers union approved the proposal Sept. 27.

"I feel like the agreement we just settled on is comparable to all the other settlements I've seen in similar central Ohio districts," REA president David Schottner said. "In the past, we always went (for a) 3-percent (raise), so I think the fact we did not do that is our realization of the new economic reality."

The three-year deal expires at the end of 2014. District treasurer Tammy Miller said it offers retroactive raises this school year and salary increases for 2012-13.
For this year, teachers will receive either a 2-percent salary increase or a step increase.

In the 2012-13 school year, all members of the bargaining unit will receive a salary increase of 1 percent and no salary increases in the 2013-14 school year.

Miller also said the structure of the contract allows the district to keep its promise to have a positive cash balance of $3,733,479 at the end of fiscal year 2015.
Board President Mary Burcham said she is pleased with the deal.

"They did a great job. I think the teachers came up to the bat and did what they needed to do, absolutely," Burcham said.

For more on this story, see the Nov. 3 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg.