The Fairborn school board agreed Wednesday morning to a contract with one of the district’s three unions. But it’s unclear what the savings for the district will be based on the new contract, according to a school official.
The school board unanimously agreed to a one-year contract with the Dayton Public Service Union, which represents 110 employees, including bus drivers, custodians, maintenance workers and food service workers.
The district is scheduled to resume negotiations with the Fairborn Education Association and Fairborn Classified Employees Association on Aug. 7.
The one-year agreement with DPSU includes:
- No increase to the base salary schedule.
- No movement or step increases on the salary schedule.
- Employees will pay 20 percent of the cost — up from 15 percent — of either a single or family health care plan, with some employees paying 50 percent of the cost of a family health care plan.
Employees also agreed to a modification of the current health care benefit plan, which hasn’t been determined.
Ed Gibbons, the district’s director of business affairs and classified personnel, said Fairborn does not have a cost savings calculated yet because there are some unknowns with health care.
“It was a very smooth process with them,” Gibbons said. “The DPSU leadership and membership understood the district’s financial situation, and they were willing to work with us on it.”
The DPSU membership approved the contract on Friday, Gibbons said. Richard Bourne, DPSU president, has not returned multiple messages seeking comment throughout the negotiation process.
In late June, the school board canceled three union contracts to control costs by preventing any automatic pay and fringe benefits increases, which two of the unions questioned the legality of the unprecedented move. The school board passed resolutions to not continue to be bound by the terms of the district’s collective bargaining agreements after they expired on June 30.
Canceling the contracts, which district officials said will save “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” impacted about 500 employees in the FEA, FCEA and DPSU. Tess Little, school board president, said the district is offering the FEA and FCEA similar one-year contracts.
“We try to keep everything equitable and fair,” Little said. “What we give one employee, we try to give it to all employees. We’re very pleased that we have an agreement (with DPSU). It’s a very positive move forward.”
Fairborn — which has been in fiscal caution since Jan. 14 — has a projected $1.5 million deficit for fiscal year 2014. Last month, school officials decided it will not ask voters to approve a levy in November because of a projected increase in state funding, nor will it increase pay-to-participate fees.
Fairborn is projected to receive an additional $1.02 million during the upcoming school year and an additional $1.53 million in fiscal year 2015 from the state.
The first day for teachers is Aug. 19 and students return Aug. 21.