By JANIE SOUTHARD
Fort Recovery teachers will receive a 3 percent salary increase
and an annual $1,500 bonus for the next three years beginning
Aug. 1, 2004.
The certified (teaching) staff elected to negotiate its contract,
which expires July 31, 2004, with current District Superintendent
Pat Niekamp before he retires on Dec. 31.
“Negotiations went smoothly and David Riel (recently hired
district superintendent) said he was pleased Pat volunteered
to negotiate with the teachers so he didn’t have to step
right in to contract talks,” district Treasurer Dennis
Ontrop said following Tuesday’s board of education meeting.
The big change in the contract is in insurance. Teachers now
will pay 5 percent and the board will pick up 95 percent.
Teachers agreed to a PPO plan, which Ontrop said was a “step
down” from the insurance currently in place and it would
cost teachers “significantly more money” out of
The board will save significant money on insurance, and therefore,
decided to give the teachers the annual bonus.
“We’ve had an excellent insurance available that
we call the Cadillac plan with very low deductibles. It still
will be available, but it will be a lot more money,” Ontrop
The board’s annual organizational meeting will be held
on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. with the budget meeting following at 7:15
p.m. and the regular board meeting at 7:30 p.m.