Classes resume at the Willapa Valley School District today where a simple statement on their website says a tentative agreement has been reached between their teacher’s union, and school resumes as usual on Tuesday.
Most of the strike information was removed from the school district’s websites Monday and replaced with things like a link to goggle.com. The information has been added again to the website. There is also a link to Board Resolution 19-03: Publishment of Negotiation Information which was passed in March of this year and declares that all proposals passed between the board and the union be posted to the district website within 72 hours. The district schedule notes a school board meeting at 7 pm Monday night at the high school and Early Dismissal Friday for holiday break.
The Pacific County school district with over 300 students has been negotiating with the Willapa Valley Education Association Union of about 25 teachers since last Summer. Superintendent Nancy Morris said in the past that competitive pay remained a large talking point at the bargaining table.
The Willapa Valley School District and Teachers said they reached a tentative agreement at 10:30 PM on Friday, December 13. The WVEA planned to consider the tentative agreement for ratification at a meeting of its membership on Monday, and the tentative agreement will be presented to the school board for ratification at their regular meeting on Monday, December 16. A Tuesday update notes that the agreement was approved Monday night.
The Washington Education Association explains that the “issues are in many respect all of our issues.”
Safe classrooms for students and teachers:
A comprehensive student behavior program to improve classroom safety and foster a climate of success for Willapa students.
Special education support:
Students with the highest needs deserve better support. The district has been unwilling to provide the necessary support for Willapa Valley special education students.
Attract and retain the best teachers:
Teachers in the valley remain some of the lowest paid in the region and across the state. Increased wages and great working conditions will help attract, recruit and retain the best educators for Willapa Valley students.