This is the press release we just sent out:
Contact: Judy Arbogast, (253) 225-1977 (cell), (360) 871-4149 (office)
South Kitsap Education Association members ratify three-year contract
South Kitsap Education Association members voted overwhelmingly today to ratify a three-year contract with the South Kitsap School District. Ninety-six percent of the 407 members attending the ratification meeting at South Kitsap High School voted yes.
“We are pleased to be getting back into our classrooms and excited to see our students tomorrow,” SKEA President John Richardson says. “Our members are pleased to be making progress toward lower class sizes and we are happy we’re moving forward on eliminating split classes.”
SKEA members voted to go on strike last week after seeing no movement from the school board on class sizes.
Some of the highlights of the new contract include:
- Secondary academic class sizes will be reduced from the previous contract levels by two students this semester and by one more student the second semester of this school year. In 2015-16, academic secondary class sizes will be reduced by one more student.
- Elementary split classes (where students from two different grade levels are placed in one classroom) will be reduced over the next three years. The major focus is to eliminate grade 4/5 and 5/6 splits this year. During the second year of the contract, 2/3 and 3/4 splits will be added. During the third year of the contract, the district will concentrate on eliminating 1/2 splits.
- Elementary school class sizes will also go be lowered by one in 2014-15.
“We’re very proud of the high quality education our students deserve and receive here in our community. We are looking forward to working with our new superintendent, Michelle Reid, and appreciate her participation in helping us reach a resolution.”