CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — On Wednesday night, local schools in Canfield reached an agreement with the teachers union and administration. The new contract will be for three years. Both parties are happy to have reached the agreement before the start of the school year.
Since May, contract talks between the Canfield Education Association (CEA) and the administration have continued. But after more than an hour-long executive session, the school board voted to approve it.
“It’s huge. You never want to have any distractions when you’re getting ready to start the school year. There’s enough going on, just trying to prepare, when it comes to school,” Superintendent Joe Knoll said.
In the agreement, the first year is a 2.75 increase in base salary, with a lump sum payment of $1,000 to teachers during the COVID-19 year. The second and third years represent a 3% increase in base salary.
There will also be slight insurance increases each year.
The school asks that if health inspections are carried out, the results be shared with teachers.
“Security as it relates to this college, which we know has its issues just because of its age,” Knoll said.
Around the same time, the CEA also voted to approve the contract. They wouldn’t share the vote count, but said the union was happy with the deal.
“It was overwhelmingly positive. It was very, very well received, with a lot of gratitude to the team, the board and Mr. Knoll,” said ACE Vice President Mike Kerensky.
Now both parties can focus on the first day of school.
“Knowing that we have this in place and that we’re going to be able to move forward and 100% engage the young people we’re dealing with is just an amazing feeling,” Kerensky said.