OTTAWA — A contract for teachers at Ottawa High School and Ottawa and Glandorf Elementary schools was approved Tuesday by Ottawa-Glandorf Board of Education after over a year and a half of not having a contract.
The contract was unanimous and is a three-year deal valid through the 2020-2021 school year.
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank the community for supporting the district throughout the negotiations process,” said Board President Brent Schroeder.
“Negotiations can be difficult and at times a contentious ordeal. However we have outstanding administrators, teachers and classified staff members in this district. Through their hard work over these past few months, both sides were able to reach an agreement that ensures the financial stability of the districts and an outstanding education for our students,” Schroeder said.
He also said the board and the OGCTA reached a settlement agreement which disposes of the pending unfair labor practice charges that the parties had filed against one another with the State Employment Relations Board.
Nicole Morman, Ottawa-Glandorf Classroom Teachers Association representative, said, “We are encouraged by the board’s vote to approve the contract and look ahead to moving our district forward.”
Ottawa-Glandorf Classroom Teachers Association previously approved a tentative contract at a meeting Oct. 28 after over a year and a half of teachers at O-G High School and Ottawa and Glandorf Elementary schools not having a contract.
The 85 members of the OGCTA voted on the tentative agreement in a closed, confidential meeting.
Nicole Morman, OGCTA spokesperson, said the association reached an agreement that is retroactive to August 2018.
“After 15 months of negotiations, the OGCTA announces that a signed tentative agreement was reached with Ottawa-Glandorf Public Schools,” Morman said.
“The OGCTA is extremely grateful for the outpouring of parental and community support, and we will continue to serve this community and the students of our district with dedication.”
She said what the association does and why they do what they do is for love for the community.
“I think the main thing the community would want to know is that the teachers of this district are very dedicated to the community and have a passion for the students of this district,” Morman said. She said the association members will do whatever they can to make sure learning is put first.
A tentative agreement was previously reached Oct. 17 during a mediation meeting between the Ottawa-Glandorf Classroom Teachers Association and the school board.
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 issue.
Approximately 50 teachers stood outside of O-G High School on previous school board meeting nights while the meeting was going on 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 with over 500 pounds of canned goods that the teachers collected from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7 for Ottawa Food Pantry.
There were over 620 hours between the three contributing schools logged over those seven days.
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