By MARGARET THOMPSON
NEWTON FALLS - School administration and the classified workers union reached a three-year contract agreement Monday.
"Our classified employees provide a great service for our students, staff and community," Superintendent Paul Woodard stated in a joint news release.
"On behalf of the Newton Falls Board of Education, I would like to thank their union leadership for understanding the financial situation our district faces and working so cooperatively to finalize a new agreement."
The three-year agreement for secretaries, bus drivers and other members to receive an increase of 25 cents an hour in each year of contract. However, insurance contributions in-creased from $30 per period for a single plan to $75, and from $65 for a family plan to $100.
Employees paying an increased plan will receive a one-time insurance stipend of $500, while employees who contribute 15 percent for a single plan and 20 percent for a family plan will remain at that rate.
"While our team negotiated the three-year contract, our priority was to incorporate knowledgeable decision not only for the benefit of the employees, but for the students and community of Newton Falls, so we can be more productive and proactive to the district in the coming years," said Terri Pigg, president of the Local Newton Falls Association of Classified Employees.
"We are very pleased with the cooperation of Mr. Paul Woodard, superintendent and Mrs. Dawn Meeks, treasurer," Pigg said.
The union received 30 cents an hour wage increases in 2011 and 2012.