On Wednesday, May 27th, KEA once again calls upon its mebers to rally before the School Board meeting. Once again, we ask that members gather in front of the KSD Administration Building at 6:30, and then enter the meeting at 7 pm to make their presence felt with the School Board. Several KEA members are expected to speak during the public comments section of the meeting.
There are only three more Board meetings left: May 27th and June 10th and 24th. We especially want to have a presence at the next two meetings to keep pressure on the School Board to make better decisions about the KSD budget and spending priorities. This is especially true with news that Dr. Grohe’s last day is June 15th!
As our new superintendent, Dr. Vargas, begins his tenure, he needs to know that Kent Education Association members are not happy with the status quo. We are not happy with being treated as less than the professionals we are. We are not happy with the recent RIF’s that will cause good teachers and staff to leave our District, not to mention increase our class sizes and case loads. We are not happy that KSD’s proposed budget cuts do not include salary reductions or reduction of top-level Administration positions, even as they RIF teachers and cut essential staffing and programs that our kids need. We are not happy with being the lowest paid teachers in the Puget Sound region. We are not happy with the fact that while our workload increases each year, our time to complete these tasks continues to be taken up with Administrative busy work, meetings, and other distractions. We are not happy with the fact that the contract and state law are regularly violated by Kent School District administrators, causing countless grievances and an Unfair Labor Practice filing. We are not happy with the District’s bargaining proposals that would further damage the relationship between the District and its employees, as well as the education of our students. And we are not happy that the KSD has posted distorted “facts” that “compare” KEA and KSD contract proposals on their website.
There are only a few more opportunities available before the summer to make your voices heard and your presence felt. We need to leave the District with a clear understanding that things must change. It is only through our collective work that things will change at the Bargaining Table.
Please plan on attending Wednesday’s rally, and bring your family, friends, and neighbors with you!