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Perrysburg teachers approve new contract

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Perrysburg teachers have a new contract. The Perrysburg school board approved a new 3 year deal last night.

It includes a 1 and a quarter percent raise per year and a new plan for those teachers who want to control their paychecks.

A new alternative compensation system that ties their pay to student performance.

Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler says the state is now allowing schools to offer these kinds of opportunities. He tells 13 ABC,

"it allows teachers to finally be controlling their own income in a certain way...it allows them to earn extra dollars based on their performance so its really unique and I think many teachers will benefit from."

Teachers can now earn points for going above and beyond in the classroom and those points translate into dollars. Teachers have until January to opt in. Hosler tells 13 ABC,

"If you are a high quality teacher and you are from another district...we hope you are looking at this...because this will allow you to accelerate your earnings based upon what you bring to the district."

Also new in the contract, If Perrysburg make cuts the new teachers will not necessarily be the first to go.

The reduction in force policy is no longer based entirely on seniority, evaluations will now be factored in. Hosler tells 13 ABC,

"We had a situation where two teachers were hired on the same day...and the contract called for them to flip a coin...to determine who stays and who goes...we are professionals we know people have strengths and weaknesses...and it left a lasting impression on teachers and administrators so when we got back we knew that's not how we want to operate."

Hosler hopes these new changes will excite Perrysburg teachers and spark the interest of other teachers in our area.