OTTAWA — A tentative contract agreement for teachers at Ottawa-Glandorf High School and Ottawa and Glandorf Elementary Schools was reached Thursday night.
According to Don Horstman, O-G schools superintendent, the agreement was reached during a negotiation meeting between the Ottawa-Glandorf Classroom Teachers Association and the school board. He said the teachers association will need to vote on the tentative contract. It was been over a year and a half without teachers having a new contract at Ottawa-Glandorf, Ottawa and Glandorf Elementary Schools.
“The teachers of the OGCTA have been boosted by an unprecedented level of parental and community support, and for that we are extremely humbled and grateful,” said Nicole Morman, spokesperson for OGCTA.
A date on when the association will vote on the contract has not been decided.
The board and teachers association previously met on Sept. 17 for six hours under the jurisdiction of a federal mediator without reaching final agreement on the outstanding issues.
Approximately 50 teachers stood outside of O-G High School Thursday night while the meeting was going on, as they have in previous weeks, holding signs that read “We Want A Fair Contract” and “Lets Work Together.”
They wore brightly colored T-shirts that read “O-G Teachers United” and drivers honked and waved as they drove by.
On Sept. 17, teachers stood by the school with signs and set up a table table 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 of Columbus Grove put forth $70 worth of non-perishable items as well.
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