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Board challenges OEA/REA bargaining
The Reynoldsburg Board of Education has filed an “unfair labor practice” complaint against the Ohio Education Association/Reynoldsburg Education Association for walking away from an agreement made in negotiations earlier this month.

The union used a bait-and-switch tactic to attempt to force the board’s negotiating team into committing hundreds of thousands of dollars by making a permanent revision to the district’s current salary schedule, which provides raises for teaching experience and educational attainment. The union team had presented minor tweaks to the schedule that would have affected 14 members and cost taxpayers about $7,000 and, in order to secure an agreement, the board’s team agreed. Instead, days after the agreement, the union said it wanted permanent, sweeping changes to the schedule at a long-term cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Additionally, the union reneged on two other provisions of the agreement, including an item related to reduction-in-force rules that its own team had proposed and one that would have provided additional compensation based on teacher performance: the union wanted to reduce the awards available to experienced teachers. When the union team walked away, it made no objection to the compromises reached on insurance, class size and planning time.
REA approves strike authorization
The Reynoldsburg Board of Education learned tonight that the members of the Reynoldsburg Education Association have voted to authorize their leadership to call a strike. This is disappointing news after negotiating teams worked diligently for 20 hours this week, leaving the room at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning with a handshake and conceptual agreement on issues of compensation, insurance, class sizes and planning time.

School will open on August 13 as planned. The board of education will begin preparations for a strike in case the union leadership decides to issue a strike notice.
RHS interns to get experience under their belts
Juniors and seniors at Reynoldsburg High School who are serving internships this year gathered Sept. 30 at the Summit Campus to have breakfast with their mentors and thank them for the opportunities they are providing. Superintendent Steve Dackin opened the program, telling students that the district’s renewed emphasis on internships is in keeping with its goal of sending graduates into the world with a head start. An internship can introduce students to careers they know little about or help them evaluate careers in which they have interest. An internship could prevent a student from spending a couple of years of college study heading in the wrong direction, he said.  
Slate Ridge, BELL, (HS)2 win ‘Promise’ honors
For the fourth consecutive year, Slate Ridge Elementary School has been named a School of Promise by the Ohio Department of Education. And for the first time, it has also been recognized as a High Performing School of Honor by ODE.

In addition, both of the high school academies at the Livingston campus, (HS)2 and BELL, have been named Schools of Promise for the first time.

Sue Martin is principal at Slate Ridge. Erica Dodson is BELL Academy principal, and Anne Baldwin leads the (HS)2 Academy.  

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