School Board, OAPSE members reach contract agreement; similar to one teachers signed in August

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Published:

Aurora -- Members of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees and the Board of Education have agreed on a three-year contract which covers 61 district employees, including bus drivers, custodians and maintenance workers.

The contract, which runs from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2016, was approved Dec. 16 by the Board of Education.

OAPSE Local 713 President Christine Jones was unavailable for comment. Vice President Carrie Gullata did not return an Advocate phone call seeking comment by deadline.

OAPSE members will receive a 0.75 percent pay increase in the first year of the contract and 1 percent boosts in each of the next two years, according to school district Treasurer Bill Volosin, and he added there are no major changes in the medical benefits portion of the contract.

Superintendent Russ Bennett said the contract is "very prudent and fiscally responsible and keeps within our five-year plan."

School Board President Gerald Kohanski said the district is "very happy to have reached a new agreement with the district's bus drivers, custodians, and paraprofessionals."

"Our bus drivers are often the first school employees most students and parents see every day. They represent us very well," Kohanski said.

"Our custodians keep our buildings clean and sparkling, helping to provide a safe environment for our children, and our paraprofessionals provide outstanding services to many of our students who most need them. The Board of Education greatly appreciates these often unsung heroes who are a key part of the Aurora Schools' success story.

"The Board would also like to recognize Superintendent Bennett for negotiating an agreement that is fair to our employees while protecting taxpayer dollars."

The pact is identical in terms of length and percentage of pay increases for the Aurora Education Association. The latter's contract was approved in August by the School Board, and covers 201 teacher union members .

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