October 21, 2014

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JVS teachers OK pay freeze

PITTSFIELD TWP. — For the first time since the Lorain County Joint Vocational School was created in 1971, teachers have accepted a wage freeze.

The Lorain County Joint Vocational School Teacher’s Association agreed Thursday to a three-year contract with a freeze, according to Superintendent Glenn Faircloth. The contract, which takes effect in July, also increases employee health benefit contributions from 9 percent to 12 percent.

Faircloth said the concessions were necessary to balance the approximately $20 million annual JVS general fund budget and lets taxpayers know that the school district is frugal.

“I’m proud of them,” Faircloth said of the 148-member teacher union. “We’re tightening up our belts.”

Union head Tim Michitsch couldn’t be reached for comment, but Faircloth said a few teachers would receive 1- or
2-percent increases based on seniority. The increases are unrelated to the contract.

Faircloth said starting teacher salaries are about $38,000. Average salaries are about $69,000, according to JVS Treasurer Corey Thompson.

JVS provides technical training to 4,000 adults and 1,700 high school students in 13 school districts, according to its website. In November, the district laid off two administrators and a secretary and cut the hours of another secretary, saving $244,194 after voters approved a 0.75-mill renewal levy that costs the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $20 annually and raises about $3.81 million for the district.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.