June 28, 2016

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Medina teachers agree to concessions

MEDINA — The Medina City Teachers Association has agreed to concessions totaling about $1 million, the union and school board announced Wednesday in a joint statement.

The MCTA membership voted for concessions totaling nearly $1 million “to help our district through these hard financial times,” union president JoAnn Shire said. The MCTA agreed to a 1 percent decrease in base salary raise for the 2010-11 school year and to contribute dollars equivalent to 15 percent of the monthly health insurance premium.

The monthly premium contribution on a family plan will increase from $80 this year to $215 next year.

“Our parents, students and community members expect an excellent school district. I very much appreciate the generosity and understanding that the teachers have shown,” Superintendent Randy Stepp said. “Times have been tough for everyone in our community and our teachers recognize that. Teachers are good-hearted people who care about our community and the community’s children. We are all in this together and I truly appreciate the gesture and good faith effort being made by our teachers.”

“We are very pleased with the outcome of MCTA’s membership to support concessions. The Medina City School District is composed of a partnership between the community and our staff. It is important that we continue to work together to address the district’s financial situation,” board President Mark Dolan said. “We still have a looming budget deficit that we need to address and we will need the support of our staff and the community to continue to make Medina an excellent school district.”

In light of a projected $9.5 million deficit next year following the defeat of an 11.7-mill incremental levy in November, the board last month laid off 93.5 certified staff, which included teachers and guidance counselors, and about 30 support staff. The levy would have generated $13.8 million a year once fully phased in over three years.

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