What’s coming up
Keep the two upcoming meetings at the front of your minds:
- South Kitsap School District Board Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at the District Office. This is a chance to show our solidarity. Wear red and come show your support.
- South Kitsap Education Association General Membership Meeting Monday, Aug. 26 at 4:30 currently scheduled at SKHS (assume the meeting is there and we’ll let you know if there is a change). We will be hearing from our SKEA bargaining team that day to decide whether to ratify a contract or go on strike based on the motion we passed last May. Just 13 days to go.
- If you are at your school on Aug. 26 (before our meeting), please wear red to show solidarity and support.
What’s happening now
Bargaining going on today, tomorrow and Friday
Your SKEA Bargaining Team is currently at the negotiating table bolstered by this morning’s very visual support from SKEA members from Burley Glenwood Elementary and SKHS. Headed by Burley Glenwood’s Stacy Nadeau and assisted by Burley Glenwood teacher Nancy Anderson, the bathrooms and bargaining room were plastered with candy grams and posters of support from SKEA members. Nadeau said it was “a hoot” to greet our team with posters and a basket of sweets. Thank you to all members who participated in supporting our SKEA team.
We are talking about:
- Protecting our secondary students from higher class sizes than we had last year. All our students deserve a safe learning environment and appropriate class sizes;
- Eliminating split classes at elementary schools;
- Asking questions about sizable amounts of money set aside and the District’s spending priorities;
- Enlightening the other team to see that with new monies coming in from the state and the levy, our school district can have a healthy fund balance and provide much-needed class size relief for our students;
- Helping them understand that the elimination of 61 positions is unnecessary and bad for students.
Our team is sharing proposals base on the facts below.
What about the numbers?
For those of you who like digging deeper, here are some numbers:
Our new state revenues include $4.7 million in new state revenue, more than $1.8 million in levy revenue and $94,000 in new levy equalization money for a total of $6.7 million. There is nearly a $5 million in savings from reducing 61.3 positions. There is more than enough money to restore all the eliminated positions and still have a robust fund balance. More on this coming soon.
Your Bargaining Support Team members meet later this week. You may hear from them to ask for you to show your support. We look forward to keeping you posted at the end of today’s session. Your bargaining team below: WEA Olympic UniServ Rep. Randy Paddock, T. Michael Burch, John Richardson, Susan Hinckley-Porter, Back-up Bargainer Mike McNett, Jenni Duggan and Mary Hawksley. For one more photo from today, see below. Also, more photos can be found today on Judy Arbogast’s Facebook page.