Board Approves Teacher Contract Extension

The Olentangy Board of Education has approved a one-year contract extension with the Olentangy Teachers Association (OTA).

The agreement extends a three-year contract reached in 2012 that has helped the district realize more than $13 million in savings. The savings were, in large part, the result of changes to insurance and benefit offerings. The new contract renews the agreement and provides a 2 percent wage increase that is in line with recently approved teacher contracts throughout the region.

“This agreement reflects our efforts to be cost-efficient while also recognizing the excellent work being done by our teachers,” said Olentangy Local School Board President Kevin O’Brien. “It is a fair and equitable agreement.”

O’Brien noted that the district has exceeded a goal of making a levy passed by voters in 2011 last at least three years, in part, because of the 2012 OTA contract.

OLSD Board Vice Pesident Julie Wagner Feasel emphasized that, “for the 2011-12 school year, the teachers received 0 percent increase; for 2012-13 it was 1 percent; and it was 0.5 percent for 2013 through 2015. This extension through the 2015-2016 school year provides a 2 percent increase, for a 5-year average of 0.8 percent.”

OTA President Elaine Eddy said the OTA works to be a good partner with the community, while setting high expectations for academic achievement. She referenced preliminary data that indicates the district will earn a record-high Performance Index score based on state tests administered during the 2013-2014 school year.

“This agreement is a reflection of our partnership and the work that has resulted in Olentangy consistently being ranked among the best school districts in the state,” Eddy said.

The OTA represents approximately 1,150 teachers in the Olentangy Local School District. The Board approved the extension during its July 9th meeting. The current contract runs through June 30, 2015. The new agreement extends the contract through June 30, 2016.