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Ridgemont approves new contract for teachers

The Ridgemont Board of Education (pictured) held its monthly meeting Thursday night.

After successful negotiations with the Ridgemont Education Association, Superintendent Emmy Davis was proud to recommend a one-year agreement to the board. She praised both sides for their professionalism.

The teachers’ union will take a freeze in salary steps but will earn a 2% salary increase to cover the 1% increase the State Teachers Retirement System is taking from each certified employee.  Because Treasurer Reinemeyer did not want to see staff take pay cuts this year he proposed this plan. Likewise, the cost of the 2% increase in insurance premiums will be covered by the district.  The board voted to extend these same considerations to the classified staff.

Superintendent Davis recommended Janet Nelson for retirement and rehire at a cost savings of over $18,000 to the district. Hannah Rust was hired as a 7-12 language arts teacher.

Ridgemont continues its practice of sharing science teacher Nick Stuck with Kenton City Schools.

The board voted to pay teachers for additional hours of work including tutoring of students and curriculum alignment.

Routine motions were passed at the meeting. School fees, lunch prices, ticket prices to athletic events, and athletic passes for senior citizens who live in the district were all passed. Student handbooks were updated and approved by the school board.

An educational trip to Europe for students who have taken, are taking Spanish, or who have a deep interest in history was approved for the spring of 2014. This trip will be in conjunction with Benjamin Logan’s Spanish and History students and teachers. School information can be found at Ridgemont’s website at http://www.ridgemont.k12.oh.us.

The next board meeting will be July 25th at five p.m. in the high school library.

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