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School Board, Unions Pass New Contract Agreements

The agreements have been ratified for both the teachers and staff unions days before Brecksville-Broadview Heights students return to class.

The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education has passed the new contracts for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association and the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Organization of Support Staff.

The board voted to pass both contracts 4-1 during its meeting Monday night at the . The unions both voted to ratify the agreements earlier on Monday.

“We’re excited to start the school year and ready to move forward,” said Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association spokesman Joe Zenir.

The agreements are not available at this time, but told the board that the agreements could save up to $6 million though salary and insurance components over the four years of the contract.

Update, 11:20 p.m. According to a press release from the board, both contracts are for three years, with an optional fourth year. The final contracts will be posted online.

Board member Mark Dosen was the sole dissenting vote on both agreements. He acknowledged the savings that would be made through the salary and insurance concessions, but said that because the agreements did not include a two-tier salary system, he could not support them. The district still needs to save or raise additional money, and that can only happen through higher taxes, layoffs or lower salary and benefit levels, Dosen added.
 
Board President David Tryon said he shares Dosen’s concerns, but he supported the agreements. He said he was grateful for everyone’s work toward a solution and reassured the audience that the board would move forward jointly, even though the vote was not unanimous.

It has been a volatile few months for the district, with the board calling in a and both unions . Board member Kathleen Mack said she thinks that everyone wants to see this chapter of the district’s history closed, and encouraged the community to take the passion of the past few months and put that energy toward the students.

“They will remember that we chose them over all else,” she said.

Kaye Spector September 04, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Hi everyone, I've deleted several comments here. Please, no name-calling.
Joe September 06, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Or, a new levy for the first time since 2004 (or the first new tax for schools in 8 years, which now won't be collected until 2013.) Gosh, I can't think of one community that is held in high regard that has gone that long without a new levy for it's schools. And Frank, I don't believe the teachers and staff put their hands out and asked for raises, which they deserve based on the jobs they do. They asked and took no raises. For most of them, that will be no raises for 6 years! Yep, really selfish are those teachers and staff signing for no raises and increase medical cost. Hands really out there taking taxpayers' money and not earning it. Really forcing the community to give, give, give. We should be proud that this community can keep from giving in and treating these people as they deserve. Student scholarships and awards be damned, they mean nothing and should not be encouraged.
Frank September 07, 2012 at 08:26 PM
thank you
Jean Williams March 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM
after reading all the comments and stories about the brecksville teachers contract talks, I am glad to see that your teachers acted very professional and mature through the whole negotiation process, and in return they earned the communities support. this is where the strongsville teachers failed, the behavior displayed has been childish and has turned the community against them. well done brecksville teachers
Joe March 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I have to say there were plenty of posters, including two school board members under other names, who thought otherwise. I'm sure it's the same in Strongsville, anything that can will be turned into something that people can be upset about. The people of Strongsville should be ashamed of how their school board has acted.

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