BY KIM LOCCISANO
Times Leader Staff Writer
Dillonvale - In a special meeting held this week, members of the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education unanimously approved a contract accepted by members of its teachers union a few days before.
The newly inked three-year agreement is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2013 and will run through Aug. 31, 2016. This is the maximum length allowed by law, according to Buckeye Local School District Superintendent of Schools Mark Miller.
The union, known as the Buckeye Local Classroom Teachers Association, represents 154 teaching staff employees in the district.
According to Miller, the now ratified contract includes, for the first time, language putting costs of healthcare insurance deductibles to the individual teachers to pay with two levels: single and family.
This contract takes that cost off the shoulders of the school district.
Increases to out of pocket per visit co-pay moved to $20 from what had been a $5 co-pay.
Members of the board of education who sat as negotiating committee representatives were Brad McFadden and Chuck Haggerty, with then board President Naoma Kolkedy sitting in on the final session.
Members of the negotiating committee for the teacher's union were Allison Bartek, Christine Butkus, Kevin Soos, Kelly Bauknecht and Jeff Merrill.
Contract negotiations for the non-certified personnel working in the district are ongoing, with the help of a federal mediator.
Sitting as the board's representatives on the negotiating committee now are longtime board member Joe Zelek, and brand new board member Dirk Pielech.
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