NORTHFIELD, OH – (March 18, 2019) – The two associations
representing Nordonia Hills City School District employees have agreed to a
base salary freeze for the 2019-2020 school year, regardless of the outcome of
the operating levy on the May 7 ballot.
The Board of Education unanimously approved the agreements
at its March 18 board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Joe Clark announced in
January that district administrators also would have base salaries frozen for
2019-2020 regardless of the levy outcome. This marks the fourth time in nine
years that all Nordonia employees have had their base salaries frozen. Base
salaries were frozen in the 2010-2011, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years.
"We have the most child focused, dedicated staff I've
ever worked with," Clark said. "They understand that the district is
facing a looming deficit and are willing to forego a base salary increase to
help keep available as many programs and opportunities for our kids as
The Nordonia Hills Educators Association (NHEA) represents
the district’s 250 certified employees, which includes classroom teachers,
counselors, psychologists, speech and language pathologists and the district
librarian. Nate Loman, President of NHEA, said, “The teachers of this district
recognize the importance of the district remaining one of the best in Summit
County. We are proud to be a part of the Nordonia Family and are willing to do
our part to ensure that reputation continues.”
The Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE)
Local 246 represents the district’s 204 classified employees, which includes
administrative assistants, bookkeepers, food service workers, maintenance and
custodial staff, student supervisors and classroom aides/paraprofessionals.
Amanda Coon, member of the OAPSE Negotiations Committee, said, “As proud members
of the Nordonia Schools family, we are and will always remain committed to the
education of the students at Nordonia. We feel that the positions our members
hold are extremely important to the students we serve each and every day. We
are proud to do our part to keep Nordonia recognized as a highly performing and
competitive district, while keeping costs as low as possible, to benefit both
our students and our communities.”
The district has a 6.98 mill operating levy on the May 7
ballot. According to award-winning Treasurer/CFO Karen Obratil, the continuing
operating levy will raise just over $7 million dollars annually, with
collection beginning in January, 2020.
To reduce spending,
the Board also unanimously approved at its March 18 meeting reductions that
will save a projected $1.6 million in FY20. The reductions will eliminate 38
jobs district wide, representing about 8% of the district’s staff, and will
become effective at the start of the 2019-20 school year. Nearly half of the
district’s employees live in the community.
However, if the May 7 levy passes, busing will stay as it
currently is, available for all students in grades K-12 living one mile or more
from school. The reduction of one ELL teacher (formerly English as a Second
Language) will be permanent due to decreasing enrollment with that student
population. All other reductions will be analyzed over the summer and restored
as deemed appropriate and necessary.
Nordonia currently has one of the lowest tax rates in Summit
County while student performance remains near the top.