Southington board, teachers approve new two-year deal

SOUTHINGTON — The Southington Board of Education has approved a two-year agreement with the teachers’ union that includes a pay increase each year.

Treasurer Janet Ward said at Thursday’s board meeting the new agreement with the Southington Education Association, which represents 40 teachers, is effective Aug. 1 through July 31, 2021, and includes a 1-percent pay increase the first year and a 0.5-percent increase the second year.

Ward said the pay increases will cost the district $25,000 per year.

Board member Betsy Dunn said the SEA also ratified the new agreement. She said the district also is negotiating with the district’s 17 classified workers represented by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees whose contract expired June 30. Ward said the employees are working under a contract extension.

In other business, board member John Shaffer has resigned from the board because he has moved out of the township.

Letters of interest will be accepted until noon Tuesday in the treasurer’s office for any school district resident to fill the remainder of the term through Dec. 31. Ward said the person selected will serve the rest of the year, but to serve another term, that person would need to be on the November ballot and the deadline to file is Aug. 4.

Shaffer, whose resignation was effective Monday, was appointed to the board in January 2018 to fill the unexpired term of Bob Baugher. Shaffer was appointed then because he previously served as a board member.

Also, the board received a request from the Southington Community Trust to consider having Saturday morning storytime for children at the historic Chalker Building two Saturdays per month. The board is reviewing the request.

In other action, the board:

• Recognized custodian Karen Armstrong on her retirement with 25 years of service;

• Named board member Al Haberstroh as delegate to attend the Ohio School Boards Association annual meeting in November with Betsy Dunn as alternate;

• Approved a contract with Valuation Engineers at $3,450 for a re-appraisal of capital assets for the district and an annual revaluation fee of $345 per year and $225 for accounting supplements. Ward said the service is to inventory assets to make sure everything is up to date;

• Set first day of school for students on Aug. 21.