Gahanna-Jefferson teachers’ union, board reach agreement, end strike

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GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH) — The Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District and the teachers’ union have finalized an agreement, ending the teachers’ four-day strike.

“Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Board of Education and the Gahanna-Jefferson Teachers Association have finalized an agreement that will bring our teachers back to the classroom for our students,” the district wrote in a release announcing the agreement.

In an announcement made Sunday, the union said Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association members voted by drive-through ballot in the afternoon.

According to the GJEA spokeswoman Betsy Baker, 98.3 percent of the union membership voted to approve the agreement.

The agreement is for one year and will expire June 30, 2021.

“We were able to stand up for what we think is going to give our students the best educational opportunity,” Baker said Sunday afternoon. “There was an agreement between both sides so there were compromises made from both sides, but we just have really felt the support from our community and fellow educators this week and we’re excited to get back in the classroom with our students.”

“Our school district is one we all can be proud of – we will always be One Pride, One Family,” said school board president Beryl Brown Piccolantonio in a statement announcing the agreement. “We have excellent teachers, dedicated administrators and rich support from our broader school community. We are resilient, and while there are differences among us, we agree that we must provide a high quality and equitable education for all of our students.”

Details of the agreement have not been released.

The GJEA held a virtual general membership meeting Saturday evening to review the details of the tentative agreement.

According to a letter sent by the school district Saturday night, the agreement calls for students to return to distance learning with Gahanna teachers Monday. In-person hybrid learning would begin Oct. 26 for grades Pre K-5 and 9-12, and on Nov. 2 for grades 6-8 to allow for schedule changes.

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