The East Canton Educators Association and the Osnaburg Local Board of Education each have approved a three year labor contract that is retroactive to July, as well as a subsequent two-year contract that will expire June 30, 2021.
Craig Linerode, the president of the East Canton Educators Association, said he would "like to thank the board of reduction for their commitment to our teachers. Our negotiations process united our staff as a district that worked to get important language as well as a fair financial package that ensures the financial stability for our district over the next five years."
Under the new agreement, the teachers will receive a 2 percent raise on their base salary each year for the first three years of the contract. In the fourth and fifth years of the contract, the teachers will receive a 1.25 percent increase on their base salary.
The latest contract will require the teachers to contribute more to their health insurance. Teachers, who now pay 13 percent of their insurance's premium, will pay 14 percent next year and 15 percent in the third year of the contract.
Linerode said the raises are the first base salary increases that teachers have received in at least five years. Teachers in 2011 agreed to give back a 1.5 percent raise in order to help the district who was having financial difficulties at the time.
School superintendent Todd Boggs stated that an unforeseen influx of state funding in the last Ohio biennium budget has assisted in steadying the district's finances at this time.