Pymatuning Schools united for long haul

Pymatuning Valley Area Local Schools Superintendent Chris Edison, left, and district treasurer Tom Brockway have signed three year contracts and negotiated three year deals with the district’s unions as well.

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — Top administration officials in the Pymatuning Valley Area Local Schools and the district’s two unions have signed new contracts.

PVALS Superintendent Chris Edison said he and treasurer Tom Brockway signed three-year commitments with the district and the school unions followed suit.

“Tom and I both have an open and transparent relationship with our unions,” Edison said. He said the union representatives approached them with the idea of a longer contract and negotiations proceeded to make it a reality.

Brockway said the uncertainty with COVID-19 led to a hope for a longer contract.

“The business side is taken car of,” Edison said. He said the teachers received a one and a half percent yearly raise and the classified workers a two percent annual raise.

Edison has signed a contract with a base salary of $105,000 a year and Brockway a deal worth $90,000 a year.

“We are in this for the long haul. I am not interested in using PV to go and get a ‘bigger’ job,” he said.

Edison said he got into education because he really enjoys helping children.

“I feel for people to better their lives it comes down to education,” he said.

Edison said he and Brockway worked well together and had the commitment of the entire staff as they sought to bring children back to in-person schooling during the fall of 2020.

“We went literally back to this white board,” Brockway said of the detailed work last spring and summer to make the school year a reality.

Students were able to have in-person instruction starting in August and have continued throughout the year; with only a few weeks when in person classes were shut down due to COVID-19 breaks.

Edison graduated from Jefferson Area High School in 2004 and from Thiel University and returned to his home school district where he became principal at Rock Creek Elementary School before coming to Andover Township.

Brockway also graduated from JAHS in 1999 and from the University of Connecticut. He said a class in public accounting really excited him.

After graduation he ended up working in the Ohio Auditor’s office and then served four years in the military before eventually returning to Ashtabula County and the Pymatuning Valley Area Local Schools.


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