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Teacher Negotiations Restart




Negotiations between the Archbold Area School Board and the Archbold Education Association are to resume in early September.

That’s what David Yoder, school board president, said at the board meeting Monday night, Aug. 20.

The board met in executive session for about two hours. No action resulted.

While the stated reason for the meeting was personnel matters, Yoder said prior to the session he wanted to discuss the pending negotiations with the board.

The Archbold Education Association represents school district teachers in contract talks with the board.

The two sides are discussing salary and benefits under a “reopener” clause in the three-year master agreement. The school board and the AEA are in the second year of the three-year contract.

Negotiations began in April, but were suspended over the summer months.

Enrollment, Report Card

Board members also discussed enrollment for the 2007- 08 school year, which started today, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

David Deskins, school district superintendent, said Tuesday it was too soon to tell what the total enrollment for the district will be, but he did note there were some particularly large classes.

There are over 100 third graders this year, and the fifth grade class is particularly large.

Also, Deskins said the Archbold High School freshman class has been closed to open enrollment students.

“The freshman class is utterly packed. We’ve turned away more than a few open enrollment students,” he said.

But at the same time, Deskins told board members that with the large class sizes and the reductions in teaching staff, there are some large class sections. As an example, he pointed to fifth grade, where there were 26 students per section.

The large class sizes could have an impact on the school district’s rating on the Ohio Department of Education school district report card system.

Archbold schools have been rated excellent by the ODE for each of the last seven years.

Deskins cautioned that the larger class sizes could cause Archbold to fall to lower rankings.

“We may not see the results for another year or two. We may see some residual effect from last year’s round of difficult decisions,” he said.

Other Personnel

The board approved supplemental contracts for seven staff members during the Monday night meeting.

Contracts were approved for Lisa Grisez and Ryan Thorne as National Honor Society advisors.

Supplemental contracts were also approved for Deskins, Kristin Shields, Brian Becher, and Jason Bacik to be members of the Local Professional Development Committee.

The board also accepted the resignation of Dorothy Lambert as the curriculum director. Earlier in the year, she was named principal of the Archbold Elementary School.

A one-year, part-time classified contract was approved for Kathy A. Short as a custodial employee. She will work three hours a day.- David Pugh


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