Belpre BOE approves one-year contract with teachers

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BELPRE, Oh.-(WTAP) A new contract-one with major changes-is in effect for Belpre school teachers.

The board of education approved the new pact in a special meeting Monday afternoon.

Superintendent Tony Dunn says the teachers overwhelmingly approved it as well, but with some major concessions on health insurance.

Those concessions include paying a higher deductible, and establishment of a health savings account for the teachers, one the board of education will partially pay into.

"That will save the district roughly 28% on its insurance costs per year," said Board Treasurer Lance Erlwein. "That equates to roughly $278,000 per year. And they did this without asking for any raise on their base salary."

The contract is for one year, a change from the three-year deals teachers traditionally negotiate with the board of education.

School officials noted the savings will not prevent the system from seeking an emergency levy, something it plans to do in the future.

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