The parent connection is strong

Short version:

  • No real movement in class size issues. No bargaining today. Yes bargaining tomorrow afternoon.
  • Great day for SKEA volunteers who had 100 percent support from parents. Thanks to volunteers.
  • Aug. 21 Board Meeting at 6 moving to South Kitsap High School

Read below for more details and photos from today.

More details:

Though we have seen no movement at the bargaining table yet in class size issues, it was a positive day for the South Kitsap Education Association volunteers who helped at the Back-To-School Event on the SKHS track. We handed out some 3,000 pencils that were threaded in to a flyer with our messages about our overcrowded classes. A big thank goes you to our Bargain Support Team members who labored to put them together at a meeting last week. Their hard worked paid off. Parents were 100 percent positive in their support of SKEA members bargaining to make sure the students in the community have access to a safe learning environment and adequate class sizes. Many parents shared stories with teachers that echoed our worries. One SKEA volunteer, who said she was a little worried about having the conversations with parents today, said she felt very supported by every person she spoke with today.

Supt. Michelle Reid checked in with SKEA  members and let them know she was working hard to help move negotiations forward. She also said the Wednesday, Aug. 21 Board Meeting scheduled for 6 p.m.  is being moved to SKHS to accommodate the community including SKEA members and parents who will certainly be there in full force to illustrate why eliminating 61.3 positions is unacceptable for our students.

A great big thank you to our volunteers today:

Sue Ach from John Sedgwick; Larry Nelson from Sedgwick; Molly Pickard from the Special Ed office; Lora Jean Piper from Explorer/Discovery; LaRae Rodriguez from SKHS; Becky Schmuck from Sedgwick; and Kimberly Waterman, EPO.

Plus, of course, our SKEA President and Chief Negotiator, John Richardson & our immediate past president and retiree-in-training, Judy Arbogast.

Speaking of John, there was one person at the event today who wasn’t 100 percent in support of teachers. While one board member who is also a candidate for re-election came by and spoke with SKEA members and showed support by wearing a sardine can sticker, another board member had a conversation with our president that went something like this:

Unnamed board member:  Hi John.  Do good things.  I would like to start school on time.

John:  I would like to have reasonable class sizes.

Unnamed board member:  I would like the legislature to support that.

John:  I would like the School Board to support it.

We have bargaining scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. We hope to have positive movement and we will keep you posted. See below for a few photos from today’s event at SKHS.

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