OTTAWA — In the space of time it took to read the names of five school board members and for those individuals to reply in the affirmative, 16 months of often fractious negotiations between the Ottawa-Glandorf School District administration and the Ottawa Glandorf Classroom Teachers’ Association came to an end.

Last Tuesday, OGCTA members approved a tentative contract hammered out between the union and the district through a federal mediator. On Tuesday, all five members of the school board followed suit.

“We are encouraged by the board’s vote to approve the contract and look ahead to moving our district forward,” OGCTA Spokesperson Nicole Morman said in an official statement.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank the community for supporting the district throughout the negotiations process,” Board President Brent Schroeder said in a written statement. “Negotiations can be a difficult, and times contentious ordeal. However, we have outstanding administrators, teachers and staff members in this district.

“With negotiations complete, it is now time for our community to celebrate the achievements of our school district and make it another spectacular school year.”

Details of the contract were not immediately available, however Ms. Morman stated the agreement is retroactive back to August of 2018, while a statement released by district administrators asserted the contract is “a three-year deal, valid through the 2020-21 school year.”