ELIDA — Teachers in the Elida school district are getting raises.
The Elida school board Tuesday night approved a new three-year contract that runs from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022.
“It will give teachers a 1.99% raise each of the three years of the contract. We’re happy to have that done, out of the way. We met for two sessions going through the contract and I think our labor relations situation with our teacher’s union is very good right now and we’re happy with where things stand,” said Joel Mengerink, Elida superintendent.
Elida’s finances are in decent shape and should be able to absorb the raises.
“I think it’s respectable for our staff, but at the same time we’re still looking out for our school district taxpayers and the finances of the district,” he said.
Mengerink says there were also some other issues they were able to work out with the Elida Education Association.
“There’s always some language issues that we’re sitting down and looking at and the union was very cooperative with those. One of the things we looked at was our professional development and the number of days we’re having interruptions for school. Through negotiations with the teachers, we were able to eliminate several of our two hour planned delays for professional development and move those to other areas so it does not affect students and parents, for the most part, during the school year as much,” he said.
The Elida school board also hired Elise Jenkins as the girls head basketball coach.
“We’re excited to have Elise on board with us. We know she has a good understanding of where the program is at right now, having served formally as a co-head coach and in the last several years as an eighth-grade coach. We know she knows our personnel and it’s getting her in there and getting her acclimated again to that varsity level and we expect great things from Elise,” said Mengerink.
Jenkins said she felt “very fortunate” to be offered the job.
“Elida has a great tradition of basketball and just athletics period. … I felt a good feeling about coming back right now,” said Jenkins.
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