USA: Gahanna teachers and Board of Education approve new contract; return to class Monday

USA/ 19 October 2020/ Source/https://www.dispatch.com/

By Megan Henry

The Gahanna-Jefferson school board and the union representing striking teachers both voted to ratify a new contract Sunday, ending a strike that looked much different because of COVID-19.

Members of the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association voted overwhelmingly to approve the new contract in a drive-through paper balloting process late Sunday afternoon. The vote was 98.3% in favor, said Betsy Baker, spokeswoman for the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association.

The Board of Education met after the union ratification Sunday evening and voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve the agreement.

“I’m sorry that there was so much turmoil. But I am glad we were able to come together,” said Superintendent Steve Barrett.

The union said teachers plan to return to the classroom Monday, ending the strike that began last Tuesday. The contract is for one-year and the classes will be online only for this week with a return to a hybrid model next week, Baker said.

“The decision to go on strike was not done lightly,” Baker said. “In the end, we met in the middle and came to an agreement.”

Details of the contract were not available yet

Gahanna-Jefferson teachers began picketing outside their respective schools Tuesday morning, hours after the union decided to go on strike.

But unlike a typical strike, the buildings behind them were empty. Students weren’t walking past the picket line on their way to classes. Buses weren’t dropping off students and parents weren’t faced with the question of sending their children to school.

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