This is what we sent out this evening:

PRESS ADVISORY Contact: Judy Arbogast, (253) 225-1977 (cell), (360) 871-4149 (office) skeapo@gmail.com or judy.arbogast@gmail.com


SKEA negotiators report that they have reached a tentative agreement with the district. Members will meet Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. at South Kitsap High School to hear from the negotiating team and to vote on whether or not to agree to the contract. “We are happy to finally have a tentative agreement that makes real progress toward smaller class sizes,” SKEA President John Richardson says. “We thank the community for their support and look forward to our meeting on Tuesday.”

Bargaining is continuing

Both teams are bargaining.  Meanwhile, Sunnyslope SKEA members were interviewed while exiting their school with their personal belongings. They also dropped lunch off for the SKEA bargaining team. Check the photo below to see South Colby members exiting with their possessions. Members will be in schools preparing until the contract runs out at the end of this month.Image

We are in last place!!!

South Kitsap has the distinction of being in last place in class in three areas:

See the table below and then ask yourselves why we are fighting to protect our students from even HIGHER class sizes than we we already have.


  How does South Kitsap Compare in Class Size for High Schools?  
    Students per Teacher FTE Rank in Group    
  Comprehensive High Schools in Kitsap County        
  South Kitsap High School 35.02 7 LAST  
  Central Kitsap High School 30.91 1    
  Gig Harbor High School 31.38 2    
  Peninsula High School 32.49 4    
  Bremerton High School 34.58 6    
  Olympic High School  32.32 3    
  North Kitsap High School 33.39 5    
  Comprehensive  High Schools in Like Size Districts       
  (Bellingham, Snohomish, Mead, Olympia, Shoreline)      
  Bellingham High School 28.04 4    
  Sehome High School 27.88 3    
  Squalicum High School 28.81 5    
  Glacier Peak High School 33.18 8    
  Snohomish High School 33.84 9    
  Mead High School 27.16 2    
  Mt Spokane High School 25.56 1    
  Olympia High School 33.03 7    
  Capital High School 30.79 6    
  South Kitsap High School 35.02 10 LAST  
  Comprehensive High Schools in Districts with Significant Federal Workforce  
  (Puyallup, Clover Park, Richland)        
  John Rogers High School 32.93 6    
  Emerald Ridge High School 32.42 4    
  Puyallup High School 33.39 7    
  Clover Park High School 31.87 3    
  Lakes High School 32.85 5    
  Hanford High School 29.13 1    
  Richland High School 31.08 2    
  South Kitsap High School 35.02 8 LAST  
  Source:  Data from OSPI SAFS – District Allocation of State Resources    
      Certificated Data from OSPI Report S-275 as reported by individual districts  
      Enrollment Data from OSPI CEDARS as reported by individual districts    

Copy of SKEA class size comparison

Share your stories about class size

Here are some photos and video links from yesterday’s activities.


ImageDedicated Hidden Creek Elementary staff sharing class size posters.


Orchard Heights staff sent this photo to South Kitsap board members. Other elementary school staff members did the same. This was to remind them that split classes are going to be nearly impossible to teach once Common Core Standards begin to be implemented.Image Sidney Glen members gathered outside to share their numbers including a kindergarten with 29. Image

Marching SKEA members head out of SKHS down to Mile Hill Road to share their numbers.Image It is not at all unusual for secondary students to have 25 in their classes. Imagine this teacher’s classroom each day as she tries to ascertain whether her students are able to converse with one another in Spanish. Image

SKEA members wave to honking supporters on Mile Hill Road.


Special thanks to members of the WEA Chorus for getting things rolling and keeping them going with class size songs.