The Three Year Agreement Goes Into Effect August 1, 2016 Through July 31, 2019.
Middlefield, OH – During a special meeting, the Cardinal Board of Education voted 5-0 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 to approve the new bargaining agreement for the district’s teachers. Teachers have ratified the contract and the board approval will officially put the new working terms in place for the start of the 2016-17 school year. “We have some of the best and most dedicated teachers in the area,” says Cardinal Board of Education President, Ken Klima. “On behalf of the Board, we are pleased and proud to offer our full support to them with this new contract agreement. We can’t thank them enough for all they do for our students and this district.”
The new contract terms were agreed on after just four meetings between teachers and administrators. There will be no pay increase for teachers during the course of the three-year agreement, a proposal the teacher’s union brought to the table themselves. “There is a clear understanding of the district’s financial situation, there will actually be very little financial impact in this contract” says union President Kim Richards. “Members of the union, myself included, are extremely happy to have this unanimous support from the Board and we look forward to working with them and district administrators moving forward – we all want what’s best for our students and this community. We are also extremely pleased with the negotiation process as a whole. This was a very inclusive and positive experience.”
Members of the teachers union and district administrators agreed to “interest-based bargaining” heading into negotiations. That type of bargaining focuses on holding joint meetings to listen, exchange, and discuss interests and issues, and then work together to solve problems. “This was a new bargaining style for everyone involved in the process,” says Superintendent Dr. Scott J. Hunt. “We all agreed to try this method for the betterment of the district and the whole process honestly could not have been smoother. This was a phenomenal collaborative effort from both sides, and everyone left the table pleased about the tone and the direction of the discussions.”
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