Dayton Public Schools and the district’s teachers union have ratified a new contract that will give the teachers their first base pay raise since 2007-08 and move the district to a high-deductible health plan in 2015.
The 1,060 members of the Dayton Education Association had been working under the terms of an expired contract since June 6. DEA President David Romick said he’s happy with the deal, which lasts through June 30, 2017.
“I’m particularly happy with the term of the agreement,” he said. “Both the association and the district need a break from annual bargaining.”
Romick said much of the work in negotiations had to do with “the avalanche of legislation that has come out of Columbus.” He mentioned laws eliminating seniority in layoffs, creating new teacher evaluation systems and establishing the third-grade reading guarantee.
The contract calls for an annual base pay increase of $1,200, effective this school year, for all experience and education step levels, according to Romick. That’s roughly 3 percent for an entry-level teacher. There are no further base pay raises included in the contract, but a clause allows the parties to revisit the issue later. New school board President Robert Walker said the contract also ties salary to student performance, via a compensation committee.
“We commend our teachers on this progressive contract that sets us on a course of greater accountability to our students and our community,” Walker said.
On Wednesday night, the school board also bid farewell to two longtime members who stepped down — Yvonne Isaacs and Stacy Thompson — and welcomed their replacements — Adil Baguirov and Hazel Rountree, who were elected in November.
Isaacs was the longest-serving member of Dayton’s school board, having been elected with the Kids First team in 2001. Thompson was appointed to the board in 2006, then elected twice.
“I have come to realize at a very personal level, what educating one person can do to break the cycle of poverty,” Isaacs said at a farewell ceremony last month. “That has been my driving passion. For every child we can educate and prepare, it will cause a future for their children and grandchildren.”
New board member Baguirov is an author and consultant. Rountree is the assistant director of affirmative action at Wright State University.