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Willard teachers' contract will expire June 30

Cary Ashby • Jan 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM

WILLARD — The Willard school board met in executive session Monday to discuss the upcoming negotiations with the teachers union.

The current three-year contract will expire June 30. Willard City Schools Treasurer Cynthia Shoup said it includes a 2-percent pay increase for the first year and a 1.25-percent increase for the last two years.

Superintendent Jeff Ritz said the negotiations usually don’t start until March or April and usually last two to three months.

“The last couple have gone well,” he added. “We have yet to sit down with the teachers.”

Also, the board approved a five-year contract extension with Shoup, who has been the district treasurer since 2001. Ritz said there is no annual pay increase in the first year, but the board is “open to any adjustments at a later date.”

Shoup, who makes $89,825 annually, started out as an assistant in the treasurer’s office in 1991.

In other action, the board approved slightly more than $11,500 in donations:

• From the athletic boosters to the following: Girls’ basketball ($1,500) and boys’ basketball programs ($4,020), ‚Ä®athletic department ($3,000) and the Brian Shoup Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

• $22.50 from Ritz to the boys’ basketball program (from the 50/50 winnings)

• Nearly $1,153 from the Moose Lodge to the uniform fund

• $50 from Jeff and Marsha Danhoff to the high school choir

• and $100 from the Willard Historical Society and about $215 from the Research Club of Willard to the reenactment.

Also, the board accepted a class set of “Just Mercy” hardback books from an anonymous former student to Melissa Hines’ English/language arts class at Willard High School.

Marsha Danhoff was elected president and Chris Rothhaar vice president.

Board member Richard Willoughby will remain the legislative liaison for the Ohio State School Boards Association. The board appointed Rod Cok to the athletic board and Rodyen Smith to the Pioneer Career & Technology Center board of education.

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