NEWTON FALLS – The Newton Falls Board of Education has ratified a new three-year agreement with the district’s 30 classified employees.
The board approved the agreement on Thursday, which includes a 2 percent salary increase in each year of the agreement from August 2022 to July 2025.
Superintendent Justin Christopher said the classified workers represented by the Newton Falls Association of Classified Employees include secretaries, bus drivers, janitors, cafeteria workers and maintenance workers.
The union also ratified the agreement this week, he said. Christopher said the contract costs the district an additional $18,500 per year.
Treasurer Terry Armstrong said the $18,500 increase is partially offset by insurance premium adjustments within the consortium in which the district participates.
Also approved was an updated pay scale for the five non-union employees who also fall under the classification, giving them a 2 percent pay increase each year from 2022 to 2025. This is similar to the raises that the classified and certified unions received.
Armstrong said the non-union staff includes the superintendent secretary, the payroll coordinator, the budget coordinator and two technical assistants.
The base salary is $38,000, he said.
In another action, the board approved the establishment of two school resource officers, one serving at the elementary/middle school and the other at the high school for 183 days.
Christopher said each SRO provided by the Newton Falls Police Department will cost the district $57,000, with the village using them during the summer months.
In addition, the Board approved a $325 appraisal fee for A Thomas Appraisals for the 227 Arlington Road property. Christopher said the board is considering putting the Arlington School’s former property up for sale, with the Newton Falls Joint Fire District expressing an interest in the property. He said the county will see how much the property is worth before making a decision.
In another action, the board:
• Approved the payment of US$25,830 to the Ohio Office of Chartered Accountants for the state audit;
• Approved the use of school facilities for Newton Falls Police Department officer training on December 22 and January 16, 2023 and the Iron Forge Gym for the Static Monster Strongman on October 29;
• Approved payments for athletic training services from Joe Cvengros of $3,800;
• Approved the sale of Daffin’s Candies as a fundraiser for the sixth graders’ trip to Washington, DC and the Newton Falls Walking Tour as a fundraiser for the second graders’ trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania;
• Approved payment of US$3,300 for public relations services to Jennifer Brindisi and US$3,600 to Amanda Mancino for professional development and public speaking, both for 2021-22;
• Approved Chris Mazur as a delegate and Theresa Oakes as a delegate to the State School Board Conference in Columbus in November.