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Ogdensburg City School officials are negotiating contracts with teachers and support staff

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OGDENSBURG — Contract negotiations for the Ogdensburg City School District teachers association and the union representing secretaries, buildings and grounds staff and teaching assistants have been underway since June.

Both contracts expired at the end of June.

Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey said it’s still early in the process and didn’t want to speculate on how quickly negotiations will wrap up.

Mr. Vernsey, who is part of the Ogdensburg Education Association negotiating team, said, “We’ve met a couple of times and they have outlined some of their requests. We’ve outlined some of our requests and we’re working hard to come to an agreement.”

The teachers are negotiating a three-year contract.

Board of Education President Ronald N. Johnson, part of the team negotiating the Civil Service Employees Association contract for maintenance and secretarial staff and teaching assistants, said things have gone “fairly well” so far.

“We’re pretty close,” Mr. Johnson said, though he declined to give further details.

The last OEA contract agreement was reached in 2010 and saw teachers receiving a 3.95 percent raise in 2010-11, a 3.8 percent raise in 2011-12 and a 3.75 percent raise in 2012-13.

The teachers also were required to pay 3 percent of their health insurance premiums in 2010-11, 4 percent in 2011-12 and 5 percent in 2012-13.

CSEA members were required to contribute to their employee health insurance plans under the most recent contract. While their contract was agreed to in November 2010, its terms were retroactive to the 2009-10 school year. CSEA members sign on for four-year contracts.

In the contract that expired in June, CSEA members received annual raises of $1,100 and $1,200 for the past two years.

Members also were required to pay $15 per pay period for a single health insurance plan, $20 for a couples plan and $30 for a family plan.

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