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EHOVE board approves contract

Alissa Widman Neese • Nov 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

EHOVE Career Center non-teaching staff agreed to forgo base salary increases this year, about a month after the school’s teachers did likewise.

At a meeting Wednesday, board members approved a three-year contract between EHOVE Career Center’s administrators and its classified staff union, effective from the current school year until July 31, 2016.

The contract’s major changes include base salary freezes for non-teaching employees, which include custodians, secretaries, educational aides, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and maintenance workers.

The salary freezes will likely save the district about $157,000 in three years, according to a news release from superintendent Sharon Mastroianni.

The contract also includes a new insurance plan with a 1 percent increase in employee insurance costs each year, but an overall cost savings, as the current plan’s costs would have increased in 2016. Teachers agreed to the same plan in October.

Overall, all staff members utilizing the plan will save EHOVE Career Center about $285,000 in three years.

EHOVE Career Center’s budget is about $13.5 million. It’s projected to finish the current school year with an $8,000 surplus and at least $4.75 million in reserve cash.

“The classified staff joined the instructional staff to put the longterm financial future of the district above their own personal needs,” Mastroianni said. “The EHOVE board of education recognizes and appreciates the support of our dedicated professionals.”

EHOVE Career Center’s classified staff union president declined to comment, citing Mastroianni’s news release.

Wednesday’s contract vote came just hours after voters in Erie, Ottawa, Huron and Lorain counties approved a 0.5-mill, permanent replacement levy for the career-technical school, which will generate about $1.5 million a year.

The career-technical school employs 34 classified staff members.

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