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Norwalk school unions agree to pay freeze in contact extension

Cary Ashby • Oct 11, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Norwalk City Schools has ratified contract extensions with the separate teachers' and paraprofessionals' unions in the district -- agreements which come with a pay freeze.

The contract, which goes through the 2014-2015 school year, marks the fourth consecutive year the Norwalk Teachers Association and Ohio Association of Public School Employees No. 269 have accepted no pay increase to their base salaries. OAPSE covers the district support staff, which includes the bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, kitchen workers, maintenance personnel and education aides.

"This is something simply outstanding by both unions," Superintendent Dennis Doughty said at Tuesday's school board meeting. "I certainly applaud their efforts."

Essentially, he said the unions are saying despite what happens with the levy in the Nov. 5 election, "they are willing to freeze their contracts."

A story about the school board meeting was published in Wednesday's Norwalk Reflector.

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