July 24, 2016

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Wadsworth Schools, teachers reach deal

WADSWORTH — The Wadsworth Education Association dismissed its strike notice Thursday after reaching a tentative agreement with the school board.

Details will be forthcoming after the association and board vote on the agreement, Superintendent Dale Fortner said in an e-mail.

On Nov. 12, the Wadsworth Education Association, which represents 285 teachers, issued a 10-day strike notice. Members of the association have been working without a contract since August.

Fortner has said the two sides were negotiating financial issues because the union hadn’t proposed any changes to insurance, leaves of absence, contract language or any other benefit area.

Association spokesman Mark Schoonover, however, has said issues being negotiated were financial and non-financial.

Schoonover did not reply to a phone message seeking comment Thursday.

The Wadsworth Educational Support Personnel Association, which represents support staff including custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, aides, maintenance personnel and bus drivers, reached a tentative settlement with the board on Oct. 28.

Board member David White declined to give details of the tentative agreements but said he expects contracts for both unions to be approved at the school board’s Dec. 14 meeting.

“Both parties are happy to return our focus to the business of educating our students and maintaining our academic, arts and athletic excellence,” Fortner said in his e-mail.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@ohio.net.