The Edon Northwest Local School Board and the Edon Northwest Teacher’s Association (ETNA) met Tuesday evening, October 14, 2014. Both sides presented their proposal in an effort to reach an agreement. Unfortunately, a compromise wasn’t reached.
The Board gave teachers a proposed 2-year deal that provided for the resuming of their steps in addition to a yearly stipend payment to offset an increase in their employee retirement cost. The proposal from the Board also included a contribution to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees opting to take a High Deductible Health Plan. This proposal would cost the district an additional $196,000 in wages which equates to an approximate 7.5% increase over two years.
The Association made a counter proposal of not only restarting their step increases, but also having the Board repay two lost steps. They also wanted a 1% base increase each year and a 1% stipend each year. The Association demands included an additional $300 stipend for each employee to offset health care costs as well as a 2% increase for all supplemental positions. The Association’s proposal would cost the district an additional $305,000 in wages, which equates to an approximate 11.5% increase over two years.