May 28, 2015 – The Mentor Board of Education unanimously approved a new two-year contract between the board and the Mentor Classified Employees (MCE) at a special Board of Education meeting Thursday evening. The MCE bargaining unit includes classroom assistants, secretaries, bus drivers, nutrition services personnel, computer technicians, groundkeepers, and custodial staff, among others.
“As a board we are focused on maintaining the highest level of fiscal responsibility entrusted to us by the stakeholders we serve,” said Board of Education President Thomas Tuttle. “We are pleased our district’s administration and Mentor Classified Employees quickly reached a contract agreement that is in the best interest of our students and community.”
The new contract grants MCE members a two percent base increase for the 2015-2016 school year and a two percent base increase for the 2016-2017 school year.
“I would like to thank the Mentor Board of Education and administration, the members of both bargaining teams, and especially the members of the Mentor Classified Employees for working together collectively to serve the needs of the students of the Mentor Public Schools,” said MCE President Sarah Carver.
The approved contract will take effect on September 1, 2015 and is valid through September 1, 2017.
“With continued declining revenue coming from the State of Ohio, our staff and administration have to work together to stretch our local tax-payer dollars as far as they will go,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. “This agreement does that, while also recognizing the dedication our staff members put into their work every day to provide a high quality school experience for all of our students.”
Additionally, Mentor Public Schools will continue to aggressively manage salary and benefits costs as it has over the last decade by reducing the workforce proportionately with declining enrollment. Since 2003, Mentor Public Schools has eliminated 132 classified positions.