Fact Finder report accepted by TPS BoardWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Public School Board voted unanimously to accept the fact finding report associated with three units of the Toledo Federation of Teachers on June 28. One of the five votes was symbolic.
TPS Board member Jack Ford who has been absent due to illness phoned in to participate via conference call, his vote did not count since Ohio’s law requires votes be made in person.
Board President Bob Vasquez, Board Vice President Lisa Sobecki, Board member Larry Sykes and Board member Brenda Hill voted to accept the fact finder report. The report called for a 2.5 percent salary cut, increased health care costs and elimination of 25 positions related to curriculum support specialists, gifted and alternative school programs.
June 28, prior to the school board meeting, teachers, paraprofessionals, and substitute teachers met separately and unanimously approved the fact finder report.
“I really wanted to be there, I know I have to be here in person to vote yes or no, if I was there — I would enthusiastically vote yes,” Ford said.
The revenues coming into the district have been cut, property values have been lessened, said Sobecki. “I appreciate the fact that all three bargaining units voted unanimously to accept the fact finders report,” Sobecki said. This shows the commitment they have to Toledo Public Schools she said.
“Even though it is a 2.5 percent decrease, the treasurer told me the actual amount staff will lose on their regular take home pay is 7 to 8 percent,” Hill said.
“I hope this shows the community that we are serious and taking a hard stance in balancing the budget,” Sykes said. He said he would work with other board members and is committed to this district. “God bless each and every one of you,” Sykes said.
Vasquez urged the community to look at the fact-finder report carefully, he said the concessions are significant. “We didn’t get everything we wanted, they didn’t get everything they wanted,” Vasquez said.
It was also reported that the Lucas County Auditor’s office has reduced the total agricultural/residential property valuation in 2009 by 16.914 percent, and .723 percent in 2010 which will cause a revenue reduction from the 3.6 mills levied by $1,080,000.
TFT president Fran Lawrence was recognized by the board, she is set to retire as a teacher in the TPS district and as president of the teachers union on June 30.
The four board members present also approved a resolution that would allow the auction of Libbey High School, as well as athletic bleachers located on the property. The sale of the property shall include a minimum bid requirement equal to the fair market value of the land as determined by the Lucas County Auditor’s Office. Sobecki authored the resolution.