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.

Justin Tyme August 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM
What turned the tide? Wisdom That "little interface"? The TV clip? Meaningless. The teachers were not violent. No laws were broken. It is unfortunate that the Mrs. was a bit shaken. I suspect she recovered quickly. That picture at the bottom of the WKYC link? Shot at the BOE parking lot and not at a BOE member’s home. It's about balance, Frank. The staff are not volunteers. Of course there is talk of money. Even Tryon understood that the point had been reached where compromise and a return to peace in the district was necessary. He expressed his dissatisfaction and at the same time had the wisdom to support the resolution. Dosen wishes to support the agenda of the Dosens and about 4000 other voters. That's not what we call a majority in my America. Kirk: I would not presume to debate you. Spock: That is wise. Were I to invoke logic, however, logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Kirk: Or the one The Dosen Agenda remains an antagonistic cancer in the district serving the needs of the few...or the one.
Yoder August 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I'd like to see what costs were for teachers salaries and benefits last year as opposed to this year. There was a comment that it would save $6M, but what are they comparing this to? Is this compared to what the teacher's union wanted? It made a small mention that it still needs to raise additional money, which means they will be asking for more money from the residents. I wonder if the union finally get to the board members?
Lenore L. August 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Does anyone else read this to mean teachers kept the restored steps the board gave them when the old contract expired. This was approx. 10% increase. http://www.cleveland.com/brecksville/index.ssf/2012/08/brecksville-broadview_heights_157.html
Kathryn August 28, 2012 at 01:05 PM
There was not a way to ask any questions last night but i read in Patch that about 40% of the teachers got that 10% increase which was left over from the old contract. The pay is frozen now for some time.
JMS August 28, 2012 at 01:21 PM
What voters should remember is how the teachers were packing their things up and talking strike in front of the KIDS before the school year ended. They should remember that teachers refused to write letters of recommendation for KIDS before the school year or the contract had expired. They should remember that the teachers contacted students via text and FB urging them to attend Board meetings. What they should remember is the district spokesperson using words like "hijacking" and "extremist". Voters should remember the yellow papers left in our boxes trying to scare parents. Dont' forget the anonymous social media sites which spent time making personal attacks on elected board members and trying to shift the focus from the financial changes the district needs to particular individuals. The list could go on. THANK YOU MR DOSEN for the time you spend volunteering and supporting your kids at their various activities as a parent and for finally attacking the fiscal issues of this district that the community has been seeking as a board member.
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Hi everyone, As soon as the contracts are available online, I will share the link so that readers can see them for themselves. And I'll compare the contracts to the former contracts and the proposals in an article or series of articles.
Karen August 28, 2012 at 03:16 PM
still the best educational value for our tax dollars
Yoder August 28, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Does anyone know if the new contract gave the teachers a pay raise of the 2011-2012 school year? The article on Cleveland.com says that they will maintain their current salary. Their current salary gave them 10% raises over last year since they were operating under the expired contract.
I.M. Wright August 28, 2012 at 03:20 PM
And, as usual when it comes to school levy stuff, people in Ohio show their stupidity/ignorance. Again, schools would not have to constantly go to the voters if Ohio had a CONSTITUTIONAL METHOD for financing public education, as it is required to do. The current funding method has only been ruled unconstitutional 4 times since 1997. And has been ignored (by Republicans) ever since. Teddy had a plan in place (albeit not the greatest), and Kasich scrapped it. Kasich was going to have a plan LAST October and that never came to fruition. Now, he's looking at next year. Hopefully. Stop sounding like blubbering ignorants and start focusing on the ACTUAL problem. And it isn't what the teachers are being paid.
Yoder August 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I am looking for a yes or no answer as to if teachers will be making more this year than last year.
Justin Tyme August 28, 2012 at 07:05 PM
It did dawn on me. In fact it is referenced in an exchange above. I am sure he is a good husband and father with well intended goals. That does not make him right or those goals immune from ill conception. We should not forget that lot’s of people involved in this issue have spouses and children. You certainly seem to be a bit selective in which innocent by-standers you are willing to protect. I suppose my observations appear as critical. They are just my humble observations, though my conclusions are borne out by the lack of success Mr.Dosen achieved in this initiative. His failure is not a flaw in his being. If his goals had true merit then they would have been part of the negotiated contract. They were not and the rest of the board agreed at least to the level of voting for the final contract without the items that would have made Mr. Dosen happy. We just see this all differently, sir. There is no value in continuing these discussions.
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
A comment was deleted because the user name was against our terms of use. The terms can be found here: http://brecksville.patch.com/terms
Joe August 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM
What new taxes? There hasn't been new taxes in this school district since 2004!!! Yep, those teachers and staff sure make things hard in these communities. Oh, wait, it has one of the lowest tax rates in Cuyahoga County. If only those teachers and staff weren't so selfish.
Joe August 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Is this Dosen pushing his agenda again as Lenore?
Joe August 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Yes new levies, because BBH has one of the lowest tax rates in Cuyahoga County. If you haven't passed a new levy in 8 years, what would you expect, that others should pay for you? Maybe the state should, oh wait, the state is cutting funds to schools too.
Joe August 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Yoder, some will most won't. WOW, do you think our teachers and staff don't deserve a raise? For six years? What sort of work do you do? Don't you think you should take a pay cut, maybe help your boss make more money? After all, his investment is what makes your job work.
Kaye Spector (Editor) 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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