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Slow progress in Perrysburg Schools labor contract talks

Perrysburg Schools has another negotiation session on Friday with the Perrysburg Education Association to try to reach a new contract with the teachers' union.

The union represents about 300 Perrysburg teachers. The previous contract expired July 31. They are abiding by the previous contract until the new one is accepted by both sides.

Superintendent Tom Hosler said both sides want to wrap up negotiations soon. If talks stall, he said, the next step would be bringing in a fact-finding panel to look at both sides, the books, and make a non-binding recommendation.

Tom Przybylski, president-elect of the teacher's union and a Perrysburg Junior High guidance counselor, said he the talks could take longer.

"It has been a slow process, both sides wanted to hear the state's budget," he said. "It has been a long process out of both sides control with scheduling. Friday will be the fifth time we've met, I'll get nervous about the 10th or 12th time."

Mr. Przybylski said that, after 15 negotiation meetings, the fact-finding takes place, something he doesn't want to happen. Bargaining might carry into the school year, which starts at the beginning of September, he said.

Teacher evaluations have been a snag in the contracts as both sides try to figure out how to use a new system. Mr. Przybylski said. The union wants the evaluation to be fair, geared toward what the teacher teaches.  He said with state required testing in different subjects evaluations could be looked at differently.

Mr. Przybylski said toward the end of negotiations, talks always comes down to wages and health insurance.

Mr. Hosler said there are also a few tentative dates in September to meet with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Local 242 union, which represents secretaries, bus drivers, monitors, and custodians. That contract ended June 30. The district has about 180 employees in the union.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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