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UPDATE: Marietta teachers approve tentative contract agreement

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 3:22 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2021 at 4:43 PM EST
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Update: 2/26/21

Marietta teachers have ratified a new contract, after working without one since last summer.

A spokeswoman for the Marietta Education Association could not release details, but said the contract was ratified overwhelmingly.

The Marietta Board of Education still has to approve the agreement reached at a negotiating session Tuesday.

It’s not known when it’s next meeting will be held.

The Marietta Education Association represents 156 teaching employees in the school system.

update: 2/24/21

After working without a contract for more than half of the current school year, teachers in Marietta City Schools will vote Thursday on a tentative contract agreement.

Superintendent Will Hampton Wednesday said he would not discuss the details of the agreement prior to Thursday’s scheduled vote.

He did say, however, administrators learned some things about the school system’s finances in the two months since the last negotiations were held in late 2020.

”Over those two months, we learned the state was actually going to put back money that they had taken from us over the summer, and we are also going to receive funding that was in doubt early on. That allowed us to come up with a package that was acceptable.”

The school system has dealt with declining enrollment during the past few decades. Superintendent Hampton says that, in part, was the result of a teachers work stoppage in the 1980′s it wanted to avoid this time around.

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Original story: 2/23/2021

The Marietta Education Association (MEA) and Marietta City Schools Board of Education met Tuesday for about four and a half hours to continue negotiations for a successor agreement.

A tentative agreement was reached.

“MEA is proud to say that our union bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with the board last night, pending approval by the members of the association. We’ve bargained in good faith for several months, often under very challenging circumstances. We believe though, that the result is an agreement that respects and values all our members, and benefits our students and the community.With this agreement, teachers will be on more equal footing with professionals in neighboring districts, which will help our schools retain and retract the highly qualified professionals our students deserve,” MEA Spokesperson Lisa Polk said.

The Marietta Education Association represents approximately 156 certified teaching employees. The previous contract expired on June 30, 2020.

ORIGINAL 2/23/2021 5:00 P.M.

Talks between negotiators for Marietta City School teachers and the city board of education are being held for the first time this year.

The talks were scheduled to begin late Tuesday afternoon, after the end of classes for the day.

According to a spokeswoman for the Marietta Education Association, it’s the first time the two sides have gotten together since mid-December.

Teachers in the school system have been working without a contract since the beginning of the school year late last summer.

Among the items at issue, according to the teachers association, the number of hours teachers work during the day that they get paid for.

The previous contract between the school system and the teachers ended last June 30th.

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