The Beavercreek school board voted Wednesday to make one more effort to come to an agreement with the district’s teachers, giving negotiators a Sept. 12 deadline.
The Beavercreek Education Association voted “overwhelmingly” Tuesday to reject the tentative agreement, said Patrick Poor, the group’s president.
Board president Al Nels said the board is hoping to come to an agreement with the union.“We sincerely provide one more opportunity to obtain an agreement,” Nels said.
On Wednesday, the board voted unanimously to send their bargaining team back to the teachers group. If no agreement is reached by Sept. 12, the district will implement its last offer.
Nels declined to give the details of that offer.
The district and the teachers union have been negotiating a new agreement for the past several months. The previous agreement expired July 31.
In late July, the teachers group rejected an agreement proposed by the board, but said it would continue to bargain.
“We definitely can move closer. There is a middle ground, but it’s shrinking,” Poor said. “The board is dealing with their situation, and we are dealing with ours.”
Poor said the major sticking point is the length of the contract.
The district has sought new funding since May 2011. Levies have been defeated four times. Voters approved an $84 million bond issue in 2008 to build a middle school and elementary school, and renovate the remaining eight school buildings but that money only can be used for construction costs. It has been more than 10 years since Beavercreek School District voters last approved an operating levy for additional funds.
During the past two years, the board has cut the district budget by $13 million through staff and program cuts, and other measures. Included in those cuts is a 12.5 percent reduction in salaries and wages by cutting teaching staff 10 percent, administration by 12 percent and support staff by 8 percent.