The Springboro school board met Tuesday night to discuss contract negotiations, the latest meeting centered on reaching a settlement with teachers and certified staff represented by the Springboro Education Association.
Both sides have said they hope a settlement can be reached but on Tuesday, the district released a proposal for retaining Huffmaster, a Michigan-based firm that specializes in providing security and replacement workers in the event of strikes.
“They are not under contract at this time,” Superintendent Todd Petrey said Tuesday afternoon.
The proposal calls for $29,600 a day for security services and $40,000 a day for temporary replacement teachers for up to seven days; and $57,750 for one-time preparation and advertising.
“Our preference would be they would focus a little more on the settlement and expend that on the teachers,” said Marla Bell, the local union’s consultant from the Ohio Education Association.
Superintendent Todd Petrey expressed confidence a settlement still will be reached.
“I absolutely do not want to see a strike in this district,” Petrey said before releasing the proposal in response to a public-records request from the Dayton Daily News.
Last week, board Vice President Jim Rigano said $200,000 has been budgeted to cover costs of keeping schools open in the event of a strike after school starts.
The current contract expired June 30. While expressing hope for a settlement, teachers union officials said they will continue to negotiate under guidance from a mediator. The local membership already has authorized the issuance of a 10-day strike notice.
The two sides are scheduled to meet again Wednesday.
“We are hopeful we’ll be able to reach a settlement,” Bell said. No other sessions are scheduled.
The board also hired Diane Stacy as Five Points Elementary Principal and Michael Myers and James Aker as high school assistant principals before going into an executive session for private discussion of the negotiations and legal issues.