Winton Woods teachers agree to pay freeze

FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - The 198 members of the Winton Woods Teachers Association have approved a new contract on Friday that freezes staff salaries for the next three years.

"There are no cost of living increases or step increases to the new contract, except in the cases of earning an advanced degree," said Winton Woods Board of Education President John Pennycuff.

Step increases are based on a teacher's years of experience and are typically given at specified intervals in their career.

"Winton Woods teachers made the very difficult decision to take the three-year freeze in salaries and steps," said WWTA President Lisa Middleman. "In light of the state budget cuts, the teachers felt this is what we had to do to preserve teaching positions and forestall escalating class size."

The $976, 259 in salary concessions from WWTA are part of $2.6 million in budget cuts that the district has been forced to make with estimated reductions in state funding totaling $2.1 million in 2011-2012 and over $800,000 in 2012-2013. Those reductions also include a wage freeze for administrators and exempt staff.

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