COLUMBUS GROVE — The administrative staff of the Columbus Grove school district were given an increase in salary during Monday night’s school board meeting.

After nearly a two-hour executive session Monday, the Columbus Grove School Board approved the same increase that the educators and the classified staff received at 2.5 percent to their base rate. The administrator’s share for the health insurance premium they pay was increased five percent during the length of the three-year contract. The administrative staff includes the superintendent, treasurer, high school principal and elementary principal.

During last month’s meeting, the board approved a tentative deal with the Columbus Grove Education Association that includes a cost of living adjustment of 2.5 percent in each year of the contract. The deal is scheduled to begin this August and run through July 2022. The board also approved a wage and benefit package for the classified employees, which are not unionized. The classified employees will also receive a 2.5 percent increase in each year of the contract.

District staff will pay an additional one percent for their health care costs in year one and year two of the contract. Staff will pay an additional two percent in the third year of the deal. Currently, the school board funds 90 percent of the district staff’s health care plan. School administrators last received a raise in July 2016. The board at that time approved a 2.25 percent increase in the first year, another 2.25 percent increase in the second year and a two percent increase in the third year.

Meanwhile, the board approved the open enrollment plan for the upcoming school year. There will be 47 students coming into the district this year. Columbus Grove Administrator Nick Verhoff said that is slightly down from the 54 students from last year, which was a record high. That amount was up from 18 students from the previous year’s open enrollment.

Verhoff also reported board members conducted the annual walk through of the district’s buildings before the board meeting. Verhoff said that included the new building for the softball program which is nearing completion.

In other business, the board:

• approved the following extended day contacts: Matt Blymyer (Band) – 26 days; Sam Black (Band) – 20 days; Mindy Losh (Guidance) – 26 days; Brenda Bruce (Guidance) – 10 days; Ann Fought (Family Consumer Science) – two days.

• approved 2019-20 cafeteria prices. There will only be an increase in the regular lunches which will increase 10 cents for the new school year which begins Aug. 21. Verhoff said they have to charge lunches at a certain rate to qualify for federally reduced-lunch program that is offered.

• approved 2019-20 school year fees for kindergarten through grade 12 which will be the same as last year. Verhoff reported the school fees for students have been the same for many years.

The next regular meeting of the Columbus Grove Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, August 19, at 8 p.m. in the school library.