Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Education

Cleveland Hill approves union contract, elects 2017-18 officers

by ALAN RIZZO
Reporter

At its organizational meeting on July 5, Cleveland Hill’s Board of Education approved a bargaining agreement with the Cleveland Hill Education Association, the product of approximately six months of negotiations.

According to district Business Manager Dennis Corsaro, the three-year contract, which was effective July 1, includes salary increases of 3.19 percent for the first year and 1.17 percent and 0.86 percent in the subsequent two years, for union employees.

He said per the contract, health insurance contributions for full-time teachers will increase from 6 to 7.5 percent, while contributions for part-time teachers were set at 15 percent for an individual and 25 percent for family coverage.

Also in the contract, Corsaro said CHEA gave the district permission to start the work year for teachers prior to Labor Day if necessary, an action that previously required a vote by union members.

Prior to the board’s vote, Superintendent Jon MacSwan called the contract a “pretty fair deal” for both Cleveland Hill and the CHEA.

Also during the meeting, the board re-elected Robert Polino as board president and Paul Kunkel as vice president, and made the following staff appointments:

• Wendy Limardi as district clerk pro tem, who will earn an annual stipend of $5,519.

• Karen Trimmer as district treasurer, who will earn an annual stipend of $4,637.

• Thomas Murphy, the district’s new business administrator, as deputy treasurer.

Officials sworn in at the meeting included: Limardi, Murphy, newly re-elected board member Julie McNeil, and Superintendent Jon MacSwan.

MacSwan, whose contract with the district runs through June 30, 2021, will earn an annual salary of $179,739 in 2017-18, according to Limardi.

The board will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, in the community room of the district offices, 105 Mapleview Road.

email: arizzo@beenews.com

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