Scott Miller, Archbold Area School Board president, confirmed last week that classified employees of the school district will have their pay frozen for the current fiscal year.
The pay freeze is similar to that agreed to by the Archbold Education Association, which represents the district certified teaching staff in labor negotiations with the school board.
Under the AEA contract with the board, the teachers will receive no raise in base pay, but if they are eligible for a step increase in wages, they will receive it.
A step increase rewards teachers for another year of experience, an advanced academic degree, or both.
However, some places on the school district salary schedule feature no increase from one year to the next.
District classified employees are not represented by a bargaining unit, such as the AEA.
Typically, classified staff receive whatever wage hike is negotiated between the school board and the AEA.
The wage freeze was approved by the school board as part of the classified employee operating manual at the Monday, Oct. 18, board meeting.