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EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — The United School District support staff will see a pay increase under a collective bargaining agreement approved Tuesday by the board of directors.

The deal between the district and the United Education Support Professionals Association includes cost-of-living wage increases for all support staff amounting to an average increase of approximately 2.8 percent for each year of the contract, which will be in effect until June 30, 2023, board President Eric Matava said in an email Wednesday.

The deal also reduced the district’s health care contribution from 80 percent to 78 percent, which is consistent with the current United Education Association collective bargaining agreement and “will result in savings to the district,” Matava said.

In a statement issued at Tuesday’s meeting, Matava said “we are confident that the agreement is a fiscally-responsible recognition of the important roles that all of our secretaries, aides and custodians play in making United a top-notch place for our students and staff to learn and work.”

Matava also thanked association President Jim Thompson and his team “for all of their time and effort,” as well as board member Gary Arblaster, Superintendent Barbara Parkins and finance director Tom Kalinyak, who served on the district’s bargaining committee.

Directors on Tuesday approved the single audit report for 2018-19 prepared by Kotzan CPA & Associates P.C. Matava said the audit resulted in no material findings.

The board also hired Joshua Vasas as a custodian with an annual salary of $37,620, and Eden Bailey as an aide with initial placement at the elementary school at $9.12 per hour.

Also Tuesday, directors accepted the resignation, with regret, of sixth-grade teacher Chris Matava, who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Matava will have served the district for 34 years.