By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
Findlay City Schools’ maintenance, custodians and grounds employees will receive a 1 percent raise in 2018-2019, followed by a one-time $500 payment in October 2019.
That payment “does not go in the salary table,” Superintendent Ed Kurt said, so it will not affect the amounts of future raises.
Starting hourly pay is now $16.97 for maintenance workers and $16.60 for custodians and grounds employees.
The new two-year agreement was approved by the Findlay school board at a special meeting Monday. It covers 45 employees in Local 175 of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees through June 30, 2020.
The district is increasing its contributions to health savings accounts, matching up to $500 more for family accounts and up to $250 more for single accounts.
The previous two-year contract included raises of 2.5 percent in the first year and 1.75 percent in the second year.
Separately, negotiations for a new teachers’ contract are underway.
The process began April 17, according to Kurt.
“We are continuing to work with the Findlay Education Association toward a new contract and hope to have one in place by the start of the school year,” Kurt said.
“The current contract remains in effect until a new contract is approved” by the teachers’ union and the school board, he added.
That contract, which covered July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018, was approved in March 2016. It was negotiated between March 5 and March 16 of that year.