Archbold, OH

School Board Settles With Classified Employees

The Archbold Area School Board granted members of the school district’s classified staff and educational aides a 1.5% raise for each of the next two years.

The board approved the agreement during its Monday night, Nov. 19 school board meeting, following a 15-minute executive session.

Members of the classified staff include those in non-certified, non-teaching positions, such as custodians, cafeteria workers, secretaries, bus drivers, etc.

The classified staff is not represented by a bargaining unit, like a union. In the past, the school board policy has been to grant the classified staff whatever was given to the teachers as a result of negotiations with the Archbold Education Association.

The 3%-over-two-years agreement, with no changes in medical insurance premiums, mirrors an offer made earlier to the school board by the education association negotiating team.

The offer was rejected by the association’s membership Nov. 1.

David Deskins, school district superintendent, said school board representatives and representatives of the classified staff met on Friday, Nov. 16, to discuss the offer. The classified employees accepted the offer the same day.

“I am extremely pleased with the spirit of our classified employees in responding so quickly to the board of education offer,” Deskins said.

“Our community should be thankful for these employees, who remain thoughtful of the financial challenges that our taxpayers and our school district have faced over the past several years.”

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