The following statement has been issued by the members of the North Ridgeville City Schools Board of Education and Office of the Superintendent:
Following the Board of Education meeting on January 19, 2017 the negotiation teams (North Ridgeville City Schools -and- North Ridgeville Education Association) met. The purpose of this meeting allowed for NREA to present a counter-offer to a previous NRCS Board offer made on January 12, 2017. At the conclusion of this meeting, the NRCS Board stated they were firm in their offer made on January 12, 2017.
On February 5, 2017, NREA contacted NRCS Treasurer Michael Verlingo with a request to meet to review calculations on what each offer would cost the District. This meeting was set for Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, after consultation with John Britton, the school district's attorney, it was communicated to the President of NREA, Michael McMillan, that the offer made on January 12 and January 19, 2017 would be the Board’s Last, Best and Final offer. The conversation was approximately nine minutes in length via phone with Superintendent James Powell.
It is the District’s understanding that NREA distributed a press release to local media on Friday, February 10, 2017. The District has not seen this press release and did not contact representatives from the local media. After 1:00 PM on Friday, February 10, 2017 the District received phone calls asking to respond to questions posed to reporters by the NREA.
The meeting between the Treasurer and members of NREA took place Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
The Cleveland.com article on February 14, 2017 was inaccurate in stating the next negotiations meeting was scheduled for February 21, 2017. At this time the district is waiting for a response from NREA related to the last, best and final offer.
Together, NRCS Board members and NRCS Administration value our staff and have the highest respect for them and what they do for our students every day. The board is very proud of the offer made to the NREA and believe it is fiscally responsive to our community while being fair and valuing our teachers.
UPDATE; On February 15, 2017 Dr. Powell submitted in writing via email the NRCS Board of Education Last, Best and Final Offer to NREA Board President, Mike McMillan.