By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Madison Board of Education unanimously approved a new two-year labor agreement with the Groveport Madison Local Education Association (GMLEA) on Jan. 12.
District officials also said the agreement was approved “by 100 percent of the GMLEA members who cast a vote.”
District officials said the agreement includes “modest” wage increases “designed to attract and retain a high-quality staff.” This includes a four percent increase on the base salary in the first year of the contract and a three percent increase in the second year. There were no changes in benefits and no increase in insurance rates. It was agreed to increase the length of the staff workday to allow for planned meetings and staff collaboration activities. The contract also increases the number of professional development days from two to three.
“Seldom do you hear of labor negotiations going as smoothly as what we have experienced with this round,” said Groveport Madison Schools Superintendent Garilee Ogden. “Both sides came to the table with a collaborative spirit and a focus on how to create and maintain the best possible conditions for student learning. The wage increases are designed to help us remain competitive in an ever-tightening labor market, and we were able to secure concessions that give us more flexibility in our operations.”
Added GMLEA President Joy Bock, “The collaborative effort between the District and GMLEA allow us to come to an agreement months before our current contract expires; this has never happened before. In a time of growing teacher shortages, this agreement will help us recruit and retain highly-qualified teachers.”
The agreement is in effect from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024.
The Groveport Madison Local Education Association represents teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, nurses, and therapists in the district.