The Springboro school board has published contract proposals submitted by the board and the union representing district’s teachers and certified staff during their first negotiating session.
Already, the teachers union has a pending unfair labor relations complaint with the State Employee Relations Board (SERB) related to earlier board publicity efforts designed to spur negotiations.
The board published the proposals presented at the first negotiating session, held on March 21, after receiving public records requests for them, Board Vice President Jim Rigano said Thursday.
“The district has no position on the proposals at this time as the fiscal and operational impacts are being evaluated,” according to a release announcing the proposals had been posted on the district’s web site, www.springboro.org.
In January, the Ohio Education Association and the Springboro unit filed a complaint with the SERB, claiming that, by issuing press releases about efforts to begin early negotiations, the district violated state labor law prohibiting “direct dealing” in public employee contract negotiations.
The school board wants to settle the contract to avoid reversion to terms of a 2006 contract providing union employees with salary and benefits, valued at more than $10 million during the next five years, board members said. The added compensation has been cut through memorandums of understanding reached since the contract expired.
Officials also said they want to reach an agreement to show unity and transparency to district voters who will be asked to renew a tax levy expiring at the end of the year. District voters rejected five consecutive levies for new money, but approved the most recent renewal.
On March 14, the SERB board postponed scheduling consideration of the union’s complaint “until a full complement of SERB Board members exists,” according to state records.
“The district will continue to communicate as much as possible with the Springboro community so that all stakeholders can be informed about the status and progress of these negotiations,” according to Thursday’s release.
The attorney representing the teacher’s union did not return calls seeking comment on Thursday.
Springboro board, teachers contract negotiations
Jan. 10 Board announces early negotiations sought
Jan. 28 SERB receives union complaint
Jan. 30 Board announces union turns down early negotiations
Feb. 4 Board seeks dismissal of SERB complaint
March 1 Board announces opening of negotiations
March 14 SERB delays scheduling hearing
March 28 Board publishes initial proposals