No new contract reached for O-G teachers

By Jennifer Peryam -

OTTAWA — It has been over a year and a half since teachers at Ottawa and Glandorf elementary schools and Ottawa-Glandorf High School have had a new contract.

Members of the Ottawa-Glandorf School board of education met with the Ottawa-Glandorf Classroom Teachers Association on Sept. 17 for over six hours under the jurisdiction of the federal mediator without reaching final agreement on the outstanding issues, according to Don Horstman, O-G schools superintendent.

The board offered dates to the OGCTA for the next meeting, but the OGCTA did not accept the dates offered by the board. At this time, nor further dates are scheduled. The board will meet when contacted by the federal mediator.

“The Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District (‘District’) Board of Education (‘Board’) and Administration values its employees with the highest regard possible,” Horstman states.

“To that end, the Board and Administration believe the teachers deserve to be compensated fairly, but any compensation package must take into account the financial status of the district, so that it remains responsible to the taxpayers and the community.”

Approximately 55 teachers teachers stood outside O-G high school prior to the Sept. 10 school board meeting holding signs that expressed the teachers’ concerns with working without a new contract. They also stood outside the high school the night of Sept. 17, among other nights.

Signs read “We Want A Fair Contract,” “Asking For A Fair Contract Please” and “Fighting For Schools Children Deserve.”

The teachers wore bright orange T-shirts with black lettering that read “O-G Teachers United.” A table was set up with over 500 pounds of canned goods the teachers collected from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6 for Ottawa Food Pantry.

The teachers of Ottawa Elementary, Glandorf Elementary and Ottawa-Glandorf High School, in their effort to raise donations for the food drive, agreed to keep track of their work hours that took place outside of their normal school day for one week from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6 with the idea of contributing one non-perishable food item per hour worked.

There were over 620 hours between the three contributing schools logged over those seven days. Also, in a gesture of kudos the teachers at Columbus Grove put forth $70 worth of non-perishable items as well.

By Jennifer Peryam

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