Ross Schools in the last decade has consistently been among the highest-rated districts in Butler County, according to the Ohio Department of Education’s annual report cards.
In May the district asked local taxpayers to approve a 0.5 percent increase to an existing school income tax, which voters approved by 54 percent to 46 percent.
The .05 percent earned income tax was added on to the existing and permanent .75 percent earned income tax used to help fund the operation of the 2,800-student district.
“Once the (income tax) passed in May we then began to wait to see what the state of Ohio biennium budget would be for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021,” said Ross Superintendent Scott Gates.
“This delay was a major factor in the progress and pace of negotiations. After the governor signed the budget in late July, we were able to schedule our first face to face meeting in August and then again in early October,” said Gates.
“We were encouraged by progress in the October meeting. We are looking forward to meeting on Oct. 24 and working to find a solution regarding this contract issue,” he said.
Plowman said Ross teachers’ pay and benefits lags other similar school systems that don’t share the districts “excellent scores and reputation.”