KEA Bargaining Update September 2, 2011

Bargaining Team
Goal:  To strengthen the KEA contract in
the areas of working conditions, as well as compensation and benefits with the
ultimate goal to improve teaching and learning for the students of the Kent
School District.

 

A quorum of the membership of our association ratified a new
contract at the general membership meeting on August 30th. Key
components of the agreement include:

  • 1.9%
    – A stipend will be paid that makes up the difference between the 10/11 pay and
    the 11/12 pay for each cell reflecting both base pay and TRI pay. This will be
    re-negotiated for 12/13.
  • Late
    Arrival Days
    – nine 2-hour late arrival days for the next 2 years. 4 days
    teacher-directed and 5 days district-directed. KEA members in each building will
    decide which days are teacher days.
  • Goal
    Setting Model
    – language facilitates all elementary schools effectively
    moving to the goal setting model.
  • Civility
    Clause
    – the workplace will be respectful and criticism will be made in
    private.
  • Audio
    & Visual Recordings – must be
    mutually agreed upon in writing by both parties.
  • Bereavement
    – 1 day for those not in immediate family / household (no longer required to
    use discretionary leave)
  • Discretionary
    Leave Roll
    Over – in order to
    reduce confusion, establishes a 3-week window ending June 10th to
    roll over one day.
  • Nurses
    & Psychologists
    – provides more autonomy over use of time to complete
    required work.
  • Meetings
    no meetings 5 school days before conferences.

In addition to the agreements above, KEA and the district
agreed to work together in collaborative committees to plan for future Learning
Collaboration Time and to define the role of department heads. KSD also agreed
to encourage a reduction in required meeting time.

Members in each building need to vote on the use of the late
arrival days for this year. Additionally all members are encouraged to track
required meetings, a practice imperative to improving KEA’s ability to make
significant headway around this issue.

Thank you to all KEA members for your support during this
bargain. Have a great school year!

KEA Bargaining Team

Connie Compton, KEA President

Cindy Prescott, 4th/5th
grade, Crestwood / KEA Vice President

Michael Kerstetter, Music,
Daniel / KEA Secretary Treasurer

Lisa Brackin-Johnson,
Language Arts, Mattson

Brian Thornton, Social
Studies, Meridian Middle

Emma Goliff, 1st
grade, Panther Lake

Ron Nauer, PE, Meeker

Rose Racicot, Occupational
Therapy / Assistive Technology

Sandra Goveia, KEA Uniserv
Representative

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