Lordstown Local School teachers file grievance against district

The teachers say the district stopped paying into their health savings account, which was fully funded since 2007

Teachers working in the Lordstown Local School District have filed a past practice grievance against the district.

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Teachers working in the Lordstown Local School District have filed a past practice grievance against the district.

The teachers’ contract expired last June, and teachers said they continued working in good faith under the terms of the previous contract to provide students with a high-quality learning experience.

According to the grievance, since 2007 the district fully funded teachers’ health savings accounts in the first week of January, but the practice ended this year when the district refused to fund it unless teachers accepted a negotiations proposal.

Lordstown Local Schools Superintendent Terry Armstrong said the district is giving the teachers their benefits while paying high premiums for them and will continue to do so.

“The only part that has not been funded was the health care savings account deductible that we pay,” he said. “We paid 50 percent at the beginning of the year, and we plan on giving the other 50 percent as soon as funds are available.”

Armstrong said, as soon as the district receive its tax dollars from the county, the teachers will receive that half of the deductible.

The Lordstown Board of Education has until February 22 to hold a hearing on the past practice grievance, according to the Ohio Federation of Teachers.

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